This coming Tuesday November 25, an open slam and a feature by Elizabeth Acevedo!
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered a TED Talk that aired in March of 2013. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts.
Acevedo is the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington DC and placed in the top twenty-five in the overall competition. She holds the distinction of being the 2014 Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and as of August, she is a National Poetry Slam Champion. She lives in Washington D.C. and has been published or has poems forthcoming in The Acentos Review, The Ostrich Review, Callaloo., Poet Lore and The Notre Dame Review.
World-traveling, award-winning poet and author of The Shotgun Speaks
This coming Tuesday November 11th, our 2nd open slam of Season 2 and a feature by Carrie Rudzinski!
Named Best Female Poet at her first national poetry competition in 2008, Carrie Rudzinski has since performed her work across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and India. Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and 7th at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Carrie has represented Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles over the course of 11 national poetry competitions. She taught Poetry and Performance at California State University Northridge for the Spring 2014 semester. Her most recent book, The Shotgun Speaks, was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon.
Proof of awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ob6snXWhvo
This coming Tuesday October 28, will feature Anis Mojgani! Anis is the author of Songs From Under The River, The Feather Room, and Over the Anvil We Stretch. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, his work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in such journals as Rattle, Paper Darts, Forklift Ohio, and Used Furniture Review. http://thepianofarm.virb.com/videos
The first Semifinal of the year!
This coming Tuesday October 21, our first quarter Semifinal! The Semifinal will feature the following poets. Six will enter, one will earn a spot in Finals for a chance to be on the Urbana 2015 team. Competing poets are:
Also, a feature by Jeffrey McDaniel! McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Other books include The Endarkenment (Pittsburgh, 2008), The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D Press, 1998), and Alibi School (Manic D, 1995). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry (1994 and 2010). A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in the Hudson Valley.