Da Boogie Man Wins Calabash Web Slam
Da Boogie Man Makes PSI History (Again)
The year 1997 was a huge turning point in the history of poetry slam. It was the year Poetry Slam, Inc. was born and began the move from rag-tag band of associated poets to a growing literary organization and movement that is reaching across the continent and the globe. It was also the year a man won the individual top poet's title for the first time in Poetry Slam's history.
They call him Da Boogie Man and back then he hailed from Cleveland, OH. Now he hosts the hugely popular Los Angeles Elements poetry slam. And today, fans of poetry slam from all over have named Da Boogie Man the winner of the first ever NPS sponsored WebSlam and the recipient of a trip for two to the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica. Clearly something was working right for him as he captured a total of 59.9% of all the votes in the field of four former Individual National Poetry Slam champions.
In second place, and also qualifying for a trip for two to Jamaica for the festival, which is sponsored by our partners at The Jamaica Tourist Board and the Calabash International Literary Festival , is Mike McGee. Mike's second place goes with his previous titles as Individual National Poetry Slam Champion and Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. He is the only poet in history to hold both titles and that makes him a great choice to participate in the Calabash International Literary Festival.
PSI can be proud to be represented by these two poets internationally. Well done to all.
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