1. "The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language."
How do you plan to help this organization grow and accomplish this mission? Please be specific.
I believe that I at least partially answer this question in my initial essay. One thing that will definitely help psi reach a broader audience is a better online strategy. The simple fact of the matter is that in this day and age the internet is an often free and generally pretty easy way to reach people. First we must use all of the free outlets at our disposal; twitter is one obvious example. Knowing this I personally created (and subsequently passed off to the existing EC) the official psi twitter (@PoetrySlamInc) so that we (the listening public not in attendance at whatever national event was going on at that time and in the future) wouldn't be beholden to random hashtags (which are easily hijacked) and unofficial outlets (with unreliable information) to keep up with things in real-time. It has been our general m-o to recreate things event to event and this is simply not logical or sustainable. There's no reason there should be a @wowps2011 feed, an @wowps2012 feed, etc, etc ad infinitum; a single single place to go for info on all of our events is a much better tack to take.
Additionally, I produce performance poetry shows and events - both Slam and non-slam. Not all of them are officially sanctioned by or affiliated with psi but some are and all specifically further the mission and at least tangentially touch on growing the organization by feeding into our "official" slam.
2. What experience do you have with non-profit organizations - as an employee, as a volunteer, as a board member? I am especially interested in hearing about experience working with non-profit ARTS organizations, but I do think that all of your professional experience is relevant.
Most of my interaction with non-profits has been as an artist in residence running writing workshops for students in and after school on a contract basis. In that capacity I've worked with Youth Speaks, Lyrical Minded and Opera Piccola. Additionally I'm on the board of NorCal Spoken Word but we ended up disbanding as a 501(c)3 and moving forward with a different organizational structure (one that has a non-profit fiscal sponsor as opposed to it's own status, we generally use Poetry Flash Magazine for this purpose). I'm in a similar position with The Digital Storytellers Project, which is under the auspices of Fractured Atlas.
3. How many hours a week do you have available to dedicate to PSI? And what is your typical availability (days/evenings/weekends)?
My availability varies but is reliably in the at least 5 - 10 hour a week range and I can make it a point to stop by the forums on a daily basis. That availability increases as needed situationally, i.e. with events on the horizon. I tend bar for a living and am generally online before or after work (early afternoon / late night).
4. What would you most like to see changed about PSI? What would you most like to see preserved?
This one I have to sit with for a bit in order to be able to effectively articulate.