New Executive Director
Karrie Waarala of Ypsilanti Michigan is the new Executive Director of Poetry Slam, Inc. The Executive Council of PSi welcomes Ms Waarala to her new position, and we are very excited to have her bring her wealth of experience to Poetry Slam, Inc.
Ms Waarala has degrees in Accounting and English and a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree, and most recently, an MFA in Creative Writing. She has also performed poetry as a competitor at the National Poetry Slam in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006, and at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2008. Ms. Waarala has also been on the stage as an Emcee for all three of the National tournaments over the years.
Ms. Waarala has been a member of Poetry Slam, Inc. since 2000, and is also a member of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She has done readings and workshops in numerous states around the country and has been published in more than twenty five journals, magazines and anthologies, and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize several times in the last two years.
The selection process for the new Executive Director spanned several months and included some highly qualified candidates who all expressed their visions of where PSi is and where PSi may be headed. The EC thanks each candidate for the time and thought that went in to discussing the future of this organization. We are a better body because of that.