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Visiting Writer: Lisa Jarnot

Max Bevilacqua ’12 invites you to Russell House at the usual time and place:

Come to Russell House this Wednesday, October 10, 2012 to see poet Lisa Jarnot.

Lisa Jarnot’s books of poetry include Night Scenes (2008), Black Dog Songs (2003), Ring of Fire (2001), and Some Other Kind of Mission (1996). Her acclaimed biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan was published by the University of California Press this year, and her Selected Poems is forthcoming from City Lights Books in 2013. The San Francisco Chronicle called Jarnot’s work on Robert Duncan “dazzling and exhaustive”, and Jacket Magazine wrote, “In a quick dozen years, Lisa Jarnot has established herself as one of the most compelling poets publishing today.”

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Time: 8 pm
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)
Cost: Free

WeSLAM Presents: 2nd Preliminary Slam (feat. SciryL)

From WeSLAM:

Midterms are ending. Fall break is approaching. But before you make your brief getaway (or lack thereof), come and join us this Thursday for some words and some lovin’.

This is because WeSLAM is coming to Malcolm X House for THE SECOND PRELIMINARY POETRY SLAM OF THE SEMESTER. 12 poets. 2 rounds. Only 4 will move on to the Wesleyan Grand Slam. If you wish to participate, get in line to sign up at X-House at 7:45pm. Open mic is at 8:00pm. The slam goes down at 8:15.

But that’s not all. We are bringing in SCIRYL to feature. SciryL (“lyrics” spelled backwards) is a poet, rapper, singer, and overall lyrical genius. He has even been a poet on HBO’s Def Jam Poetry. Check him out here and here.

  • DATE: October 20th (TOMORROW)
  • TIME: signups @ 7:45pm, open mic @ 8pm, slam @ 8:15pm
  • PLACE: Malcolm X House, 345 High Street
  • WHO’S THE BOSS?: You, clearly.

Love, Solomon.

WeSLAM Poetry Workshop

From WeSLAM:

Always wanted to slam but haven’t “gotten around to it” yet? Have lots of poems but no idea how to perform them? Want some feedback on work you have written?

Come to the WeSLAM Poetry Workshop! This Saturday the 15th! 4:30pm! Usdan 110!

The 2nd Preliminary Slam is just around the corner on Thursday, October 20th. This workshop is open to anyone, whether you’re planning to slam or not, but we would definitely encourage anyone who is planning to spit at the prelims to come through. We can focus on both writing and performance (and we may even have some guest workshop-ers coming in to help out). Newcomers welcome (this is a great way to start out), as well as slam veterans. Brings poems and your beautiful selves.

  • WHEN?: Tomorrow (Saturday), October 15th @ 4:30 pm
  • WHERE?: Usdan 110.

WeSLAM Presents: 1st Preliminary Slam (feat. Safia Elhillo)

From WeSLAM:

WeSLAM hit the ground running this year with our first ever slam showcase. (Missed it or want to re-live it? Check this awesome vid, courtesy of Reid Hildebrand ’14.) But now, it’s time for the moment we’ve all been waiting for…


12 poets. 2 rounds. Who will take the first four spots in the 1st Semester Grand Slam? Come watch these poets battle with beautiful words TOMORROW in Fayerweather 106. We’ll start things off with an open mic at 7:30pm, then the slam will go down at 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to slam, regardless of experience (click here for details). You’re not going to want to miss this. And we don’t want you to either.

But that’s not all. For the first slam of the semester, it’s go big or go home. So to feature for y’all, we are bringing in Safia Elhillo, currently ranked 7th in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Warning: Safia will spit hot fire. She will throw punches. Bring a friend; you’ll need hir hand to squeeze real tight. Check her out here.

Head to the Facebook event page for more info.

  • WHERE?: Fayerweather 106 (below Beckham Hall, in the Hogwarts-esque building near Usdan)
  • WHEN?: TOMORROW (Sat., 10/1); signups @ 7:15pm, open mic @ 7:30pm, slam @ 7:45pm (slam slots are first-come-first-serve, so get there as soon as you can!)
  • WHY?: Because it’s gonna be awesome.

WeSLAM Workshop!

Dear Poet ’12 / ’13 / ’14 / ’15:

Tomorrow (Saturday), from 1:30-3:30, on the top floor of Allbritton (same spot as last Sunday’s general interest meeting), we will be hosting a Slam Workshop!!!

What’s a Slam Workshop? Thanks for asking! The slam workshop will be an open forum for you to bring in any work you’ve got, polished or unpolished, that you’re considering using in a slam setting. A lot of it will be guided by what you, the people, are interested in doing, but on the big picture level we’ll be messing around with both the writing and performance of your poems, working to take them to that next level, and bring out all the dope-ass-awesomeness that might be hiding just below the surface. More after the jump!

WeSLAM Poetry Showcase!

From Emily Weitzman ’14:

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.

  • WHAT?: WeSLAM Poetry Showcase
  • WHEN?: Friday (TOMORROW), 9/16 @ 8-9pm
  • WHERE?: Outside of Allbritton

weSLAM Presents: FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SLAM (feat. Jeanann Verlee + Adam Falkner)

From weSLAM:

Come watch the 10 highest scoring poets from the first three slams compete for the chance to be crowned the Spring Slam Champion. Who will win all the glory? Join us this Friday to find out!

But that’s not all we have in store for you. Jeanann Verlee and Adam Falkner, two of the most successful slam poets on the scene today, will be featuring at this event. Jeanann and Adam both compete at the national level, and most recently represented New York City’s louderARTS Team together at the National Poetry Slam. Both have highly impressive bios (which you can read on the Facebook page). This is not something you want to miss.

  • DATE: Friday, April 22nd
  • TIME: doors @ 8:15 pm; slamming begins at 8:30 pm
  • PLACE: Daniel Slamily Commons (Usdan, 3rd floor)
  • MORE INFO: Click here.


weSLAM Sees Massive Success at CUPSI

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.

FemNet Presents: Buddy Wakefield Returns, Gentleman Practice

Miss this FemNet event and you are guaranteed to slam yourself into the nearest wall:

If you’ve ever felt an emotion, this is probably a good look for you.  Buddy Wakefield, the 2x Individual World Slam Poetry Champion and legendary goofball of awesome–who has toured alongside Ani Difranco and appeared on the likes of NPR, BBC, and HBO Def Poetry Jam–is bringing his brilliance back to Wesleyan for the 2011 Gentleman Practice Tour. Buddy has said that this will be his last national solo tour, meaning that not only is this an incredible opportunity to see one of the world’s most talented performers FOR FREE, but it may be your last chance to see him perform!

Come out to Beckham Hall, Saturday, April 16th at 8:30PM to see Buddy Wakefield, experience some heart, and learn how to live for a living. The night will also feature special performances from Mel Hsu and weSLAM (the 7th ranked slam poetry team in the nation)! Bring your pre-frosh!

  • DATE: Saturday, April 16th
  • TIME: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
  • PLACE: Beckham Hall
  • COST: $0 (try as you might, you cannot beat this price!)

Buddy Wakefield Master Class (Sign Up!)

Interested in slam poetry?  You will forever kick yourself if you miss out on this exciting FemNet event:

Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and goofball extraordinaire Buddy Wakefield, who students may remember from his performance with The Night Kite Revival in the fall, is returning to campus for WesFest, and he’s going to be running a workshop/master class as part of his visit.

The master class will take place Saturday, April 16th at 3 pm SHARP and is limited to the first 15 students to sign up. And just how do you sign up?

Beginning at 5 pm tomorrow–Tuesday, April 12th–the first 15 students to email Michael Rosen ’11 at mdrosen(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with the subject line “Buddy Wakefield Master Class” and their name and class year in the body of the email will be given a slot. Please note: applications sent before 5 pm will not be accepted.

Don’t miss this chance to work with one of the most successful performance poets around!