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The Third Preliminary Poetry Slam ft. Crystal Valentine

12208813_960148257378017_5363716519211046783_nFrom WeSlam:

Join WeSlam for the third preliminary poetry slam, where 10 poets will compete for one of 3 spots in the WeSlam Grand Slam to qualify for the traveling slam poetry team. Then stay and kick it at our short third round open mic to share some non-competitive poetry, music, freestyling, etc. and then possibly dance the night away, although we can’t make any promises.

WeSlam is THRILLED to be hosting this with Ladies First and Malcolm X House. (If you are interested in hosting an event with us, please hit us up at weslam.wesleyan@gmail.com)

For those interested in signing up for the slam, all the necessary information is available in this PDF: https://goo.gl/qwiQI8

Watch one of Crystal Valentine’s performances here.

Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 7 PM
Place: Malcolm X House

Poetry Slam with Daniel Beaty

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Matilda Hague ’18 writes in:

Join award-winning actor and writer Daniel Beaty for a poetry slam.
Beaty and students will slam about identity, community and topics of
the day.

Date: Thursday, October 8th
Time: 8:30-10:00 PM
Place: CFA Hall

WeSLAM Presents: Preliminary Slam #1 (feat. Megan Falley)

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Emily Weitzman ’14 writes:

The first preliminary slam of the semester is here.

10 poets. 2 rounds. Who will take the first three spots in the Wesleyan Final Slam? Come watch these poets battle with beautiful words. Anyone is welcome to slam, regardless of experience.

If you’ve never been to a slam before: come! If you’ve been to every slam we’ve ever had: come! You will laugh and snap and cheer and cry and maybe make some silly faces. WeSLAM is going into its 4th year, and we want to start it off right. You’re not going to want to miss this.

But that’s not all. We’re starting off the semester with an unbelievable guest feature and host: MEGAN FALLEY!

  • WHEN?: Friday at 7:30pm
  • WHERE?: WestCo Café
  • FACEBOOK?: Here.

For those interested in participating in the slam, there is more info below the jump.

Middletown Potluck Tonight

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Ari Ebstein ’16 is hungry for community bonding, and you should be, too:

Come to a Middletown Potluck today @ Green Street Arts Center, 5:30-8:00

Middletown and Wesleyan poets and jammers will be there, as will delicious food, and many new friends! Bring some homies, perhaps a dish or two, and if you’re feeling inspired, a poem or acoustic song to share.

Alls free, but we appreciate anyone who brings food. :)

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Green Street Arts Center
Cost: Free (bring friends, food, poetry or an acoustic song to share)

WeSLAM Presents: The 24-Hour Group Slam (feat. The Good News Poetry Tour)

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Oh Boy:

Have I a treat for you!

Come on out to the first poetry slam of the semester tonight! Two-person poems will be written, edited, and rehearsed in the 24 hours before the slam. These pieces will be raw, fresh, and/or tasty, so you will not want to miss out on the feast. Who will win? (It doesn’t matter.) Come out and see!

There will be an open mic before the slam, during which all acts are welcome. Come up and do your crazy act with the monkey if it strikes your fancy so.

And The Good News Poetry Tour will be featuring! Check out a poem from one of them here.

  • DATE?: Today (Sat., February 23)
  • TIME?: 7:30pm
  • PLACE?: WestCo Café
  • FACEBOOK?: Here.
  • PANDA?: Panda.

More about the illustriously Good News Poetry Tour after the jump, for proof of their brilliance.

WeSLAM Presents: 3rd (and Final) Preliminary Slam (feat. Caroline Rothstein & Joseph LMS)

The last chance for you to:

  • snag yourself a spot in the final grand slam
  • watch your friends’ attempts to snag spots in the final grand slam
One of a few chances for you to:
  • have a really fun time tomorrow night.
Caroline Rothstein and Joseph LMS–two nationally renowned poets from the Intangible Collective–will feature. Emily Weitzman ’14 and Solomon Billinkoff ’14–an average jane and average joe from the state of New York–will host. Facebook event here. You don’t wanna miss this.
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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…

THE FIRST PRELIMINARY SLAM OF FALL 2011!

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 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!)