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.
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.
“The Hegemonic Order” group piece @ SUNY New Paltz Regionals
Prayers have been answered! The Wesleyan poetry slam is coming to Church tomorrow night!
From the Facebook event page:
The AASC (Asian American Student Collective) & weSLAM bring you round TWO of the Spring Slam Series. Join us WEDNESDAY at 200 CHURCH for a suggested donation of $1.
12 poets. 2 rounds.
Which 3 will advance to the SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN?
Only time (and poetry!) will tell.
Come spit. Come listen. Come feel things with us.
This is your 2nd of 3 chances to make it to the Championship Slam in April.
And no, “come spit” does not mean you are free to literally eject saliva from your mouth while in 200 Church, silly.
Wesleyan poetic culture proves it’s still alive and kicking tomorrow night at ADP! But in order to take the edge off, there will be no judges or scores, but in the words of Michael Rosen ’11, “just a night of poetry, music, and good company.” More from Mr. Rosen:
A music and poetry concert where the house band will accompany and back poets as they take to the stage. We’ve assembled some of Wesleyan’s most talented musicians to back feature poets Morgan Hill ’14, Camara Awkward-Rich ’11, Ryan Rodger ’11, Teju Adisa-Farra ’13 and Simone Moore ’11, so this is bound to be a dandy. Signups are totally open, all styles of poetry are welcome, and with no judges to get in the way what a welcoming place it’ll be!
The weSLAM team had its first-ever away game on February 5th at SUNY New Paltz. The team–consisting of poets Nick Petrie ’12, Michael Rosen ’11, Josh Smith ’11, Emily Weitzman ’14, and Randyl Wilkerson ’12–took second place out of four teams in the two-round regional poetry slam.
Brian “Omni” Dillon–established slam poet, NYU professor, and founder of the SUNY Slam–had the following to say on the wall of the weSLAM Facebook group:
It has been eight years since a school other than SUNY Oneonta (Five Titles) or SUNY New Paltz (Four Titles) has finished in the top two at Regionals. Many, many teams have tried to break that stranglehold. Congrats on making history. It’s about time.
Way to go, weSLAM!