We’ve been working all semester to create a space where women can talk, create, and move together to explore what limitations have been placed on them by the world they live in and then break out of these limitations through creation and performance.
Come see these awesome young women from Middletown and Platt High Schools!
STARRING: Tiaza Hall S’Nani Hart Jasmine Muniz Baby Alim Milagros Cartagena
Directed by Lena Solow ’12 in collaboration with Naya Samuel ’14 and Emily Weitzman ’14 as a part of Lena’s culminating project in the Dance major.
Come learn more about three amazing groups at Wesleyan which are serving the public good all over the world!
Featuring members of The MINDS Foundation, Brighter Dawns, and SHOFCO-Wesleyan. Presenters: Raghu Kiran Appasani ‘12, founder and CEO of The MINDS Foundation; Tasmiha Khan ’12 and Jason Lee ’12, Brighter Dawns; Nathan Mackenzie ’12 and Emily Weitzman ’14, Shining Hope.
Tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:30 PM in the Top Floor of Allbritton (room 311, the one with the balcony), we will be hosting a general interest meeting. This is for anyone–and we mean anyone–who is interested in some capacity or another in participating in the WeSLAM community. Are you itching to spit at the slams? Come to the meeting! Do you wanna be a part of the organizational body of WeSLAM? Come to the meeting! Are just down to watch some poems? Come to the meeting! We’ll give you a rundown on the way the group works, as well as what’s gonna be going on slam-wise for the coming semester.
Can’t make the meeting? No worries. Shoot us an email at weslam.wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com to let us know, and we can fill you in on what you missed.
That’s right. We’re back. WeSLAM is kicking off its second year at Wes with a showcase on the steps outside of Allbritton this Friday night (don’t worry, only from 8 to 9–still plenty of time to get on with your Friday night). Come watch dope poets spit sexy poetry, and find out what WeSLAM is all about. Whether you went to every slam last year, are interested in getting involved, or have no idea what slam is–we want y’all there.
NOTE: This is a showcase. NOT a “slam.” The difference is that there will be no scores at this event. No judges. No bullshit. Only words. And feelings. Come feel with us.
Invite everyone you know (especially freshman)! If you can’t make the showcase but want to get involved with WeSLAM, come to our general interest meeting on Sunday (9/18) at 2:30 in Usdan 110.
Emily Weitzman ’14 and Randyl Wilkerson ’12 performing “Eyes,” which won Best Persona Poem.
Emily Weitzman ’14, a member of the Wesleyan Slam Poetry Team, writes:
Spending a week in Michigan surrounded only by poets and poetry may have been the furthest from reality I have been in a while. But at the same time, I experienced more emotions in a short period of time than I ever thought possible. One poem would punch you in the face, the next would gently hold your hand, then you would be hiding under your chair in fear, and finally, you were crying from hearing a line that let you feel something you never knew you could. I have never felt more strongly that a poem can change your life.
Between April 6th and April 9th, weSLAM competed against 36 other teams in the College Unions Poetry Slams Invitational, the national spoken word competition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. weSLAM advanced to the semi-finals and snagged both the Spirit Award and the award for Best Persona Poem, ultimately becoming the 7th-highest-ranked poetry team in the land of the free and the brave. But this is not what’s important here.
The weSLAM team is currently in Ann Arbor, Michigan at CUPSI (the national collegiate slam). This is a short film following the team from its inception and growth to its victory at the Wade Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational (WLPSI) and preparations for CUPSI in April 2011. Big ups to everybody who helped out, the weSLAM family, and all the students at Wes who have supported the team and come out to the slams here. Good luck!
Our immediate slamily, along with their coach, Morgan Hill ’14 (second from left).
(Not pictured: Randyl Wilkerson ’12, desperately missed at this moment.)
Wesleyan has taken 1st place at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational at SUNY New Paltz. An account follows.
The first night of WLPSI (Friday, March 5th) saw Wesleyan competing against NYU and UMinn-Macalester, and the finals (Saturday, March 6th) saw Wes competing against Brown, SUNY Oneonta, and UMinn-Macalester.
But on Saturday night, there was a tie between the final two teams. Just as shocking? One of the teams, University of Minnesota, is a veteran, well established in the slam world since its inception, while the other, Wesleyan, is a bouncing baby ze, having only started this year.