Dear slam family and poetry community,
One thing has been plain throughout my involvement with the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps). And I have been involved from almost the start, before it was named even, when it was just Deb Marsh's idea. First I helped with the website for a couple years, then I ran the marketing for the 2010 event, and now I am Host City Chair.
That one thing that has been made very plain? You know what I'm gong to say already? Maybe? But I want to say it anyway.
That one thing is that no event like this happens without the support of many, many people. Often nameless, tireless, committed people, they make this happen. From handing out flyers, to being the first to suggest a finals venue, to running fundraisers, to designing flyers, it is the people who make up the large family of poets and organizers that mean a happy and successful event. I cannot name everyone. I wish could.
So I want make it one of the first public messages that we, the current host city team running WOWps, thank past host city chairs, specifically Beverly Wilkinson and LaShaun Phoenix Moore, for their ability to take the heat and make this event as big and beautiful and empowering as it should be.
iWPS starts in one week. After that, get ready for WOWps 2011. It's going to be everything you expect it to be and -- if we all work together -- something more too.
Thank you and see you in March.
Official dates: March 9-12, 2011. For more, see the website: www.WOW.poetryslam.com