The Hangman’s Lime, Wesleyan’s oldest poetry publication, wants your black-and-white masterpieces.
We need cover art. You’ll be a superstar, an artiste. Submit your black-and-white photography to hangmanslime[at]gmail[dot]com – no theme, just your art. Send us pretty pictures if you don’t suck (or, if you think you do, you may be better than you think and should send them anyway). The deadline is next Thursday, May 8th. Send them over!
WeSLAM’s doing it big:
Wesleyan’s THIRD ANNUAL INTERCOLLEGIATE POETRY SLAM is coming to you this Friday at 8 PM in the CFA Hall! The 2014 WeSLAM team will be competing against Oneonta and a storm team: you (and your prefrosh; bring them, too!) don’t want to miss this. Four rounds of incomprehensibly awesome poetry, a taste of the WeSLAM team doing what it does on the intercollegiate scene and the talented (and, rumor has it, ridiculously huggable) Jon Sands – why would you miss this? Show up early and guarantee yourself a seat.
Date: Friday, April 18th
Place: CFA Hall
Facebook: Get at it
WeSLAM‘s heard that poem, like, a thousand times and they’re totally sick of it, okay??
WeSlam is calling all Wespoets to the stage to share whatever’s just hit the page. 2 rounds of brand spankin’ new poetry. It’s the perfect chance for novice poets to hit the stage and for vets to get back to the page. ‘Cause hey – if it’s new, it’s gewd. Bring one new poem if you have sh!t to share; bring two new poems to go for gold. Also, open mic! Woah! If you’re down with the new sh!t, send an email to weslam[dot]wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com after 5pm on Saturday (the day of the slam).
Date: Saturday, March 29th
Time: 7 pm
Place: 200 Church
Facebook: no newds
He done done it again. That crazy gifted dude E. Oks (Evan Okun ’13) headlined his first show at the famous Bowery Poetry Club, with the help of some super talented Weskids. He describes his performance, “Unlearn a Chair,” as “a fus[ion] of spoken word poetry, Hip Hop (written and freestyle), and jazz (improvisational piano, harmonica, cello, and singing). The subject matter explores the way the elite label certain people ‘crazy’ so as to normalize suffering and self-obsession. This collision of media yielded something truly interdisciplinary, elucidating and effectively subverting the binary of sanity and insanity through the tensions and convergences of artistic forms.
This is worth your watch; between Okun’s flexibility between forms and alarming degree of skill in all of them (he recites a poem about addiction using each letter of the word “addiction” to begin the poem’s next word, cycling this about twenty times), the musical dynamism of Mel Hsu ’13, Sam Friedman ’13, Nate Mondschein ’12 and Jess Best ’14, the poetic range showcased between Lily Myers ’15, Alok Vaid-Menon and Chekira Lashley ’15, the powerful belt of Tanaya Srini ’15 and all the Weskid cameos in between, the cohesiveness of artistic forms to comprise a larger, charged product was not only entertaining, but also inspiring.
From the literary lovelies of the English Majors Committee:
The English Majors Committee would like to invite you to an Open Mic Night on this Friday, February 21, at 7:00 pm, in the Downey House Lounge! This is an opportunity for all students to come and share their work with a friendly audience of fellow students and faculty. We welcome any work that can be read aloud, including fiction, nonfiction, poems, and plays.
If you would like to read, you can sign up in advance for a five-minute slot on the attached Google doc––we will also have a sign-up sheet at the event. We’ll start the night with a reading by our headliner, Professor Salvatore Scibona. As usual, there will be coffee and cookies to snack on.
The open mic night is open to students from all majors––feel free to pass this info along, and tell your friends!
Date: Friday, February 21st
Place: Downey House Lounge
Facebook: [link goes here]
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.
If you ever wanted to slam it up, now’s the perfect time! WeSLAM’s spring semester slam series is more chill than the fall – with slams not geared to forming a team; rather, the focus is on creativity and the beauty of the spoken word. With that said, WeSLAM’s first slam of the semester is…
THE PROP SLAM! Though it takes the same three-minute-and-ten-second format, this slam ignores the evil “No Prop” Rule! So you can recite an ode to a banana, drum to give your slam rhythm, speak a poetic diatribe of how your toaster wronged you: anything goes in terms of the props So get creative! Just remember only one prop per poem. This slam will be held on February 8th, so start preparing! If you’re interested in signing up, email weslam(dot)wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com after 5pm on the day of the slam. If you’re interested but don’t know where to start, be sure to check out Writers’ Bloc, every Sunday from 4-5:30, for some nifty prompts to get the ideas flowing. More information will be revealed closer to the slam, but now’s the chance to get a head start on writing poems for the slam! We’d love to hear your words and see your banana or toaster or whatever you choose to prop it up with!
Date: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Alpha Delt
WeSLAM encourages you to rethink your Saturday plans:
The biggest slam of the semester has arrived! It will be entertaining; it will be beautiful; it will be grand. 10 poets. 2 rounds. 5 victors. Come support some super-talented poets as they vie for a coveted spot on the 2014 Wesleyan Slam Team!
Come see the following Wesleyan students compete:
Coz Deicke ’15
Max Friedlich ’17
Markeisha Hill ’16
Morgan Hill ’15
Cherkira Lashley ’15
Rick Manayan ’17
Chando Mapoma ’16
Oscar Parajon ’16
Arielle Trager ’14
Emily Weitzman ’14
…and see Jess Best ’14 (whose senior recital is tonight and you should go to it)
, Jeff Berman ’14
and Will Fraker ’14
play some lovely tunes…
…and see our wonderful host and feature, the one and only Simone Beaubien, who has organized the National Poetry Slam twice and is a beautiful wordsmith and individual…
…and experience the power of words you probably couldn’t imagine. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.
Date: Saturday, November 23
Time: 9pm (doors at 8:30)
Place: CFA Hall
Laura Hess ’16 wants to see your cake (cake cake cake):
Does your cooking take the cake? Do you pay people in cookies? Do you have what it takes to be the best dessert chef on campus? Full House (202 Washington St) is hosting a cooking contest on Friday at 3:30. Bring your favorite dessert to meet other Wesleyan foodies and see if you can be named Top Dessert Chef at Wesleyan. Creativity is encouraged, no prior experience necessary.
Date: Friday, November 22nd
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 202 Washington St.