Tag Archives: slam poems

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!

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.