First slam of the spring! Fuck the rules! WeSlam’s rewriting them this time around. This slam, as the title states, is a prop slam. Did that rule about not being able to use props dissuade you from slamming before? This is your time. Prop away. Eat a sandwich in a poem about sandwiches; caress a stapler in a poem not about staplers – any prop is welcome!
If that’s not enough cause for excitement, the incredibly talented Aziza Barnes will be featuring! A member of the 2011 & 2012 NYU slam team, which placed first at CUPSI, the national collegiate poetry slam, Aziza is the winner of the 2013-2014 NYU Gallery Prize for Radical Presence in Black Contemporary Art and has a chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, published through Button Poetry. Basically, she’s a rock star – check her out here.
More awesome stuff! Opening will be the inimitable Evan Okun ’13 alongside members of Circles & Ciphers, a leadership group for young men who are prison, court and gang involved.
So you’re down to slam? Word. Send an email to weslam[dot]wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com after 5pm on Saturday, the day of the slam. There are two rounds and you get to use a prop each round. You’re encouraged to do a new poem for the first round and can do something old or new for the second. Beside the use of props, standard slam rules apply (i.e. time penalties for going over 3 minutes and 10 seconds, poetry having to be original, etc.).
Date: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Alpha Delt
EDIT: Also, Aziza’s hosting an awesome workshop called Identity in 5: Sculpting Self Thru Verse. If you want some inspiration before the slam tonight or just feel the need to get some stuff onto the page, you should absolutely come to this!