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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!

Short Doc About weSLAM

From Zach Goldberg ’13:

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!

 

weSLAM Presents: Spring Slam Series, Round Three (+ Open Mic!), feat. James Merenda

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Weiskopf.

Tomorrow night in WestCo Café is the third (and final) preliminary round of the Spring Slam Series, meaning it is your last chance to get a spot in the Spring Championship Slam Showdown. Same format as the last two bouts, except this time, the weSLAM team got a beast of a poet to feature for us.  Direct from the Facebook event page:

James Merenda is a poet, playwright, and high-five enthusiast based in the NYC area, who smiles a lot, and has a penchant for wandering. His work has appeared in PANK, and he’s performed at Yale & Columbia University. He enjoys falafel, awkward moments, and is currently attempting to become left-handed.

Trust us: this is not something you want to miss out on.

Trust us, weSLAM: this is not something we plan to miss out on.  Click for a sample.

weSLAM Takes 1st @ WLPSI, Breaks Tie

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.

weSLAM & AASC Present: Spring Slam Series, Round Two (+ Open Mic!)

“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.

weSLAM + ADP Present: The No Scores / No Bullshit Poetry Jam (w/ live music!)

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!

weSLAM Takes 2nd @ SUNY New Paltz Regionals, “Making History”

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!

weSLAM & X-House Present: Spring Slam Series, Round One (+ Open Mic!)

Just as you were beginning to lament the departure of poetry slams–in fact, just as you were gearing up your troops and decorating your picket signs in order to publicly denounce the more-than-noticeable absence of riveting, transcendent wordplay competitions that took campus by storm last fall–your disslamisfaction will now be put in temporary check.  Because coming to you live tomorrow night is the first of three preliminary slams that will take place throughout the spring semester.  And it’s gonna be hosted by X-House and weSLAM!  Details on Facebook.  More after the jump!