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The Berkeley Slam presents SEMIFINALS #1, featuring Jade Sylvan!

APRIL 2nd! AT THE STARRY PLOUGH!

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

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Semifinals start tonight! Come see the first clash of poets and find out which four will be competing in finals on April 16th for a spot on the 2014 Team Berkeley!

Your host for the night will be Dre, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice.

Here’s the line-up (subject to change):

SEMIFINALS #1 – April 2, 2014
1. Leo Bryant
2. Jelal Huyler
3. The Poetician
4. Patrick Ohslund
5. Danez Smith
6. Jason Bayani
7. Nazelah Jamison
8. Imani Cezanne
9. Abe Becker

SEMIFINALS #2 – April 9, 2014
1. Jaz Sufi
2. Toaster
3. Daniel
4. Be Deep
5. Queen Jasmeen
6. Joshua Merchant
7. Cameron Awkward-Rich
8. Brandon Melendez

The next three weeks are all fundraisers for the team. Come out and show your support! If you can’t be there, please spread the word and cajole, guilt, and bribe your friends into attending! These three shows are going to be among the best (if not THE best) of the whole year.

UPCOMING
April 9: SEMIFINALS #2 with Jamie DeWolf
April 16: FINALS! The top four poets from each semifinal bout compete for one of five spots on Team Berkeley to compete at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA!
April 23: Shawn William
April 30: Carrie Rudzinksi
May 7: Brynn Saito
May 14: David Winter
May 21: Chinaka Hodge
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.
FUNDRAISER: $10 door

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring JESSE BRADLEY

 

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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Semifinals are almost here! This is your (second-to-) last chance to rack up points to compete for Berkeley’s 2014 slam team. This week we’ll be featuring Jesse Bradley, author of The Bones of Us.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30 and close at 8:15. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

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Upcoming Shows:

March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE SLAM TEAM

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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We’re in the thick of team season, with semifinals and finals right around the corner. What better way to start things than with a feature by the San Francisco State slam team? Come send them off before they go rep the Bay Area at CUPSI!

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

TBA

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Upcoming Shows:

March 12th – Jesse Bradley
March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring TAYLOR MALI!

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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This week we have Taylor Mali in the house! He’s a poetry slam legend, published author with Write Bloody Press, and the guy whose online videos all your teacher friends who’ve never went to a slam before keep emailing you.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. Slam starts at 8:15. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Dre, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.” In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.

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Upcoming Features:

March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 26th Last Chance Slam
April 2nd Berkeley Slam team semifinals #1 featuring Jade Sylvan
April 9th Berkeley Slam team semifinals #2
April 16th Berkeley Slam team finals
April 23rd Shawn William
April 30th Carrie Rudzinski

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam presents THE F^*& YEAH VALENTINE’S SHOW featuring SARAH GRIFF and spotlight feature Jose Luis Peixoto

The Berkeley Poetry Slam presents THE F^*& YEAH VALENTINE'S SHOW featuring SARAH GRIFF

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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So we’re about take this ––as the movie, Her, calls it–– “socially acceptable form of insanity” that we call LOVE and do the unthinkable, celebrate it. Yes, we are celebrating love this week at the Berkeley Slam so bring in your poems that embrace this maddening, and possibly delusional concept and say F*^& it, or rather, F*^& yeah to love.

And to help us say F*^& yeah, will be the sensational poet and novelists, SARAH GRIFF! She just released her first book, “Not Lost” which chronicles her first year living in San Francisco after emigrating from her native Ireland.

We’ve also added a spotlight feature to our Valentine’s show in José Saramago Prize winning Portuguese author of Blank Gaze/The Implacable Order of Things, The Piano Cemetery, and Morreste-me,  José Luís Peixoto. He is one of Portugal’s hottest authors and has graciously agreed to stop by and do a couple of poems for the show.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. All poems written to this week’s theme will get priority on the list. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

Sarah Griff writes essays, poems, and other things. She is co-editor of Bare Hands International Poetry Journal. She’s placed first at the last show of each Lit Slam season two years running, and has featured at poetry shows all over the Bay (and most of Ireland, too). Her work can be found in The Irish Times, Medium.com’s Human Parts editorial and The Rumpus amongst many others. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011 and her emigration memoir, Not Lost, was published by New Island Press in November 2013. She is usually covered in cat hair. She likes video games from the 1990′s and complicated female protagonists. She tweets @griffsk and blogs at wordfury.tumblr.com

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Upcoming Features:

February 19th All the way from Saskatchewan, Brent Chappel with spotlight feature, Austin’s Danny Strack
February 26th The one and only, Taylor Mali
March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 19th Battle of the Bay

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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Check out our February features!

Check out our February features!

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5 Questions with Thadra Sheridan

by Jason Bayani

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Get to know our spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

San Francisco native and current Texas A&M Aggie, James Church, has been making a lot of noise in the land of agricultural education and Johnny Football. We look forward to seeing what he brings to the stage Wednesday night.

Last year he filmed this mini-documentary at the Starry Plough. It’s a moving account of a very tragic event in his life and the means by which we use poetry as a way to begin healing.

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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Last Wednesday the Berkeley Poetry Slam kicked off 2014 into high gear, and it was something special. We’re looking to keep the good energy going this week as we are featuring Santa Cruz’s resident poetic powerhouse, Queen Jasmeen!

We’ll also have a special Spotlight Feature set from a native of San Francisco’s Mission district and one of the hottest young poets running around Texas (literally and figuratively, because Texas is friggin’ hot), James Church.

And this month we are on the ROAD TO WOWPS so all female-identified poets will get priority on our sign up list to accumulate points for our WOWPS finals at the end of the month.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

Jasmine Schlafke is a poet, activist and mother from Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to expression and art. She earned her spot on a National poetry team for the last three years and is teaching slam in alternative high school settings, weekly. In her free time Jasmine volunteers for a mental health network and remains committed to mental health activism and liberation.

My name is James Church, a.k.a Heart, and I was raised in the jungle of my grandfather’s backyard within the Mission District of San Francisco, California. I was born half-Hispanic, half-sidewalk and would talk to anything that pretended to listen. I moved to College Station, Texas during the summer of 2010. I began reading my past aloud to the ears of audience members for a non-profit organization called Mic Check, which I’m the Writing Director for, and I haven’t stopped since. I am an English Major at Texas A&M University. I have an affinity for day old cheese pizza, comics, and losing bets. If you see me talking to myself, don’t be wary, I’m just attempting to transcribe everything the light touches into poetry.

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Upcoming Features:
January 22nd Thadra Sheridan returns to the Bay
January 29th WOWPS finals!

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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1/8 Spotlight Feature GRETCHEN CARVAJAL

We have an exciting spotlight feature this Wednesday in Gretchen Carvajal. She has been making a huge impact in the youth slam scene in the Bay Area, but this year moved to the midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We’re looking forward to hear her read and check out this video to get a sneak preview of what she’s about to bring to the mic!

She’ll also be raising relief funds for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines through sales of her new chapbook, “Daughter of the Sun”. Please support because help is still needed in the region.

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