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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 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!