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WeSlam Featuring G Yamazawa: Preliminary Slam No. 2

Weslam is back with more poetry for Homecoming:

10 poets. 2 rounds. Who will take the next four spots in the Wesleyan Final Slam? Come watch these poets battle with beautiful words THIS SATURDAY @7:30 in 200 Church. Anyone is welcome to slam, regardless of experience (hit the jump at the end for IMPORTANT DETAILS ON SIGNING UP). You’re not going to want to miss this. And we don’t want you to either.

Our feature is the fantastic G Yamazawa. Only 21, G Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country, having featured in venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the historic Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe. He is a National Poetry Slam Finalist, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and two-time Southern Fried Champion.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A WORKSHOP lead by G himself in PAC 136 @ 2pm on Saturday 10/20 (The same day as the slam)

Latin@ Affirmation Month Spoken Word and Poetry Jam

Come hear Carmen Mojica and Wesleyan poets demonstrate their talents through spoken word and poetry. Carmen, an author, poet and Doula-in-training from the Bronx, will be sharing works about her Afro-Latina identity, female empowerment, people of the African Diaspora, and more! Carmen Mojica’s first book,” Hija De Mi Madre,’ is a combination of her academic research on the aforementioned interests and her poetry. She also has a second book called, “Odas De La Mujer de Miel”, a book of poetry in Spanish.

Sign-ups for the open mic/poetry jam will begin at 7:45 PM and Carmen will go on around 9:00 PM.

Co-sponsored by Ajúa Campos, WeSlam, Writer’s Block, FemNet, Womanist House, Ujamaa, Women of Color House, and the Women of Color Collective

  • Date:  Friday, November 18
  • Time:  8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Place:  X-House
  • Cost:  Free!
  • Facebook:  Yes!
  • “Hija De Mi Madre”:  On Amazon

“Love Cake” & “The Revolution Starts At Home”

Allegra Stout ’12 sends word of these two fabulous events!:

Love Cake (Spoken word and prose performance)
In Love Cake, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores how queer people of colour resist and transform violence through love and desire. Refusing to forget the traumas of post 9/11 Islamophobia, and Sri Lanka’s civil war, Love Cake documents the persistence of survival and beauty—especially the dangerous beauty found in queer people of color’s lives. Piepzna-Samarasinha maps the complicated, luscious joy of reclaiming the body and sexuality after abuse, examines a family history of violence with compassion, and tells the stories that live inside a chronically ill South Asian queer femme’s body. In this 45-60-minute set, Leah will share selections from her dynamic spoken word repertoire, as well as share multimedia theatrical performance and prose.

  • Date: Thursday, November 3rd
  • Time: 8pm-9pm
  • Place: CFA Hall (283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT)
  • More?: Facebook!

The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (Workshop)
In this interactive workshop based on the book “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities,” we’ll talk about the nitty-gritty issues of partner abuse and sexual assault within our communities and discuss community accountability and transformative justice strategies that can help us walk towards building accountability, justice and violence free zones in our lives. Snacks will be provided. Please email astout AT wesleyan DOT edu with any access needs for the workshop.

  • Date: Friday, November 4rd
  • Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm
  • Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African-American Studies ( 343 High Street, Middletown, CT)
  • More?: Facebook!

Dada Vita featuring Sympetalous at Broad Street Books

Dada Vita: Inspired Musical Improvisation featuring the Spoken Word of Sympetalous

Dada Vita: A Beguiling Brew,

this Heady Stew in Celebration

of Life’s Profundity cum Absurdity

Dada Vita: Inspired Musical Improvisation

featuring the Spoken Word of Sympetalous

in the timeless tradition of the Trixter Troubadour

~ S ~

You can also check out a solo Sympetalous at the EO ArtLab in chi-chi Chester on Friday 9/17 as a part of the “Chester Stroll”

Date: Today, October 8
Time: 7 pm
Place: Bwoad Stweet Boox
Cost: None, but this seems like a good place to mention I have no idea what “the EO ArtLab in chi-chi Chester” is.

This Saturday: F to eMbody; DJ JD Samson @ Eclectic

Are you ready for this?

F to eMbody & DJ JD Samson

…and Wesleyan’s own punk rock wonders, The Creeps!

This Saturday night, come to one of the most transformative shows you’ll ever see at Wesleyan.

F to eMbody, a multi-media hip-hop/spoken word show, features two transgender performers: Athens Boys Choir (right) and Katastrophe (left).   Athens Boys Choir is a one man explosion from Georgia known for his heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and award-winning videos.  San Francisco based rapper Katastrophe performs passionate hip-hop about lives lived outside the mainstream.

DJ JD Samson (center, from le Tigre and MEN) will finish the night with a queer dance party dj set sure to please.

Come on out for this equally thought-provoking and booty-shaking event!

Tickets sold at the door, and all week during lunch at Usdan. Get yours before it’s sold out!

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 10:00PM
Place: Eclectic (200 High Street)
Cost: $3

Sponsored by the Queer/Trans Collective.

Poesia eres Tu; Poetry You Are

We’ve all got a bit of poet in us. Come join Westco and Ajua Campos for the second to last LAM event(!) and celebrate Wesleyan students and outside performers demonstrate their talent through spoken word and poetry.

Poesia Eres Tu : Poetry You Are
Poetry Jam/Open Mic

Featuring performances by Writer’s Bloc and Guest Poets Liz Acevedo, Kesed Ragin, and Sciryl (Brian Henry)

Come out and support your fellow peers and perform your own piece if you want. Everyone is welcome to join. See you there.

[Co-sponspored by Ajua Campos, Writer’s Bloc, Writing House, and Westco]

Date: Thursday December 3rd
Time: 8-11 PM
Place: Westco Cafe

LAMs’ 20th Annual Expresiones de Latin@s

n173925337049_3054Don’t miss the 20th Annual Expresiones De Latin@s
Hosted by members of the senior class: Melina Aguilar ’10, Lorena Estrella ’10, Miguel Ramirez ’10, Pedro Ventura ’10, Rene Ventura ’10, and Sabine Vilsaint ’10.

Including performances by the Caliente Dance Troupe, as well as a couple of special performances in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Latin@ Affirmation Month and 40th Anniversary of Ajua Campos, from Alumni and the Caliente Choreographers. There will be Dancing, Poetry, Spoken Word, Singing and much more!! Buy your tickets before it’s too late.

TIckets are now on sale in the Box Office in Usdan (and going fast)
$5 Wes Students —$7 Non-Students
AND AS ALWAYS –your ticket stub gets you into the after party at X-House for FREE!

Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 8 pm-10 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall