WeSlam Presents: The Wesleyan 2012 Grand Slam

WeSlam wants you to know that this is your LAST CHANCE (this semester) to have your mind blown away by a night of incalcuable awesome:

This is it.

Only 12 poet-finalists remain from the three preliminary slams held over the course of the semester. This Saturday at 9:00 PM they will compete in the CFA Hall for the right to be one of the FIVE members of the 2012-2013 Wesleyan Slam Team.

Those finalists are: Coz Deicke ’15, Ari Ebstien ’16, Zach Goldberg ’13, Alex Heyison ’15, Markeisha Hill ’16, Cherkira Lashley ’15, Lily Myers ’15, Mark Nakhla ’13, Evan Okun ’13, Jason Reitman ’15, David Stouk ’15, and Kara Wernick ’15.

There will also be LIVE MUSIC during the slam provided by Wesleyan’s own: Mel Hsu ’13, Sam Friedman ’13, Mark Bennet ’13, and Jess Best ’14.

BUT WAIT! We have as our host none other than celebrity poet Mahogony Brown who will also be performing alongside her good friend Alok Vaid-Melon as our two feature poets. Hit the jump for detailed bios.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Show up early to guarantee yourself a seat!

There will be a workshop at 2pm on Saturday, same day as the slam! Stop by Usdan 110 if you want to practice your writing and chill with the poets.

To summarize:

Who: 12 Poets, 2 features, 4 musicians.
What: Mind-bending spoken word.
Where: CFA Hall
When: 9 – 11 pm Saturday
Why: This and This (Oh, and it’s free.)

Mahogany Browne is the Editor of the women’s anthology His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER and author of several books including her latest book of poems: Swag. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. Her freelance journalism can be found in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. She facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country, focusing on women empowerment and youth mentoring. Mahogany is currently the slam host & curator of the Friday Night Slam Series at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In recent years, she has coached the Nuyorican Slam Team to numerous appearances on final stage at the National Poetry Slam.

Alok Vaid-Menon is a radical bloke who would fancy a cup of hot chocolate and a conversation about white supremacy any day of the week. They try to create art that envisions what ifs and other alternatives. Read some of their work at subalternrage.posterous.com & queerlibido.tumblr.com