This season, Urbana began taking an inventory of the hurts and mistakes we have been a part of and made plans to address them. We know that there is a lot to mend including the events of the last few weeks. So, as a committee, we have decided that rushing into a new season without doing the work to improve would be a mistake. We will be taking a hiatus at least until the new year (but more likely a full calendar year) to identify our mistakes, address them and put procedures in place to better represent and advocate for our entire community. Urbana has been a home to amazing poets for nearly 20 years and we want to make it the safe space it once was, but we cannot do it alone. As part of our reformation process we will be reaching out to many members of the poetry community and engaging in a number of public discussions. We will listen to and address the concerns that anyone has so that we can do better individually and collectively.
Despite our upcoming hiatus we want the team to know they have our full appreciation. They continued to work hard this summer and the community is proud of what they accomplished in California. They are an amazing group of people.
With love and respect,
The Urbana Committee
Jared Singer, Christopher Rodriguez, Ingamar Ramirez, Nomi Wiersma, Taylor Mali, and Tiffany Woodley
A wise man once said, "After the party, there's the after-party. After the after-party, there's the hotel lobby." What he didn't say, though, is that after the Semifinals but before the Finals, there's the MegaquasiSemifinals! This is a competition among slammers who worked hard to accumulate points throughout the season. Eight will enter, and the top four will move on to next week's Finals and be that much closer to the chance of making the Urbana 2015 National Poetry Slam Team!
Competing in our MegaqausiSemifinals on Tuesday, May 5th will be (this list is not yet exhaustive):
Show begins at 7pm sharp at the Sidewalk Cafe (Avenue A at East 6th, New York, NY).
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