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Poets Loft in Hot Springs extends broad invitation
The Poets Loft In Hot Springs AR Would like to extend an open invitation to poets near and far to attend our monthly Spa City Poetry Slam as a participant, spectator, or the feature poet. Overnight accommodations for out of towner's available with advance request. The June 4Th Slam will be a BREAKING THE RULES slam (props costumes music SLAM! ) 100.00 grand prize keep an eye on the website html/:www.thepoetsloft.com for details. Also the big boy slam in July (SURVIVOR SLAM) with a 200.00 grand prize. This one will challenge the best of the best!
Teams at NPS 2005 in Albuquerque
There are several criteria a Poetry Slam team must meet in order to be included in the exclusive group that gets to a National Poetry Slam. And there may be a few more that will meet this criteria between now (May 13, 2005) and the end of the application window (June 1, 2005). But these are the teams who have made the cut so far and will make it to the big show in Albuquerque, NM in August.
In no particular order:
Milwaukee Poetry Slam
Delray Beach Poetry Slam
Corpus Christi Poetry Slam
Orlando Broken Speech Poetry Slam
Atlanta poetry Slam
Palatine Poetry Slam
Brooklyn Poetry Slam
Las Vegas Stop Drop and Slam
Say Anything Winter Park Poetry Slam
Madison Poetry Slam
Pittsburgh Steel City Poetry Slam
Seattle Poetry Slam
Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge
Denver Poetry Slam
Providence Poetry Slam
Da Poetry Lounge Holloywood Poetry Slam
Mahogany Sacramento Poetry Slam
DC Baltimore Poetry Slams
Dallas Poetry Slam
Colorado Springs Thin Air Poetry Slam
Omaha Healing Arts Poetry Slam
Los Angeles LAGreen
San Jose Poetry Slam
Eugene Poetry Slam
Detroit poetry Slam
Oneonta Poetry Slam
Austin Poetry Slam
Worcester Poets Asylum Poetry Slam
Mental Grafitti Chicago
VanCouver Poetry Slam
Berkeley Poetry Slam
Palo Alto Poetry Slam
Flint Poetry Slam
Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam
Albuquerque Poetry Slam
Houston Southmore Slam
Louder Arts Bar 13 Poetry Slam
Oklahoma City Poetry Slam
Baton Rouge Electric Truth Poetry Slam
FlagSlam Poetry Slam
Normal Poetry Slam
Modesto Slam on Rye
Oakland(ish) Poetry Slam Series
Central New Jersey Poetry Slam
puro -íSLAM! San Antonio
Mesa EssenzaSlam/Slamology Poetry Slam
Columbus Writers Block Poetry Night
Winston Salem Poetry Slam
Montevallo Poetry Slam
Chicago Green Mill Poetry Slam
Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
Nuyorican Poetry Slam
Taos Poetry Slam
San Francisco Poetry Slam
Miami Masters Poetry Slam
Salt Lake City Poetry Slam
Ithaca Poetry Slam
Columbia Poetry Slam
What a show it is going to be!
The election of officers to head up PSI's Executive Council was held on April 26. The election of officers begins at the SlamMasters meeting held earlier in the month when SlamMasters elect the members of the Executive Council. The EC then elects the officers for the year two weeks later. The 2005 EC is comprised of the following:
President, Scott Woods
Vice President, Henry Sampson
Secretary, Phil West
Treasurer, Delrica Andrews
Trustees, Taylor Mali, Kimberly Simms, Taneka Stotts
In addition, PSI keeps past, present and future hosts of National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam on the board in an advisory capacity.
Non-voting members: Bill MacMillan, Terry Creech, Danny Solis, Mike Henry, Daniel Brewster
Executive Director: Steve Marsh
Annual Slammasters Meeting in Austin in 2005
Since the beginning of the National Poetry Slam, the annual SlamMasters' meeting has been held in Chicago, the birthplace of poetry slam. And even though most Slammers love coming back to their roots, there has always been a sense that it was always more difficult for Slammasters from certain parts of the country or the world to get to the Spring meeting than it was for those in the Midwest.
So, a year ago, the SlamMasters passed a plan to move the annual Spring meeting around the country to the host city of the following year's NPS. That puts us in Austin for NPS 2006 and Spring SlamMasters' Meeting 2005.
Here is how Austin SlamMaster, Mike Henry put it on the Slammasters' Forum:
April 8 GÇô 10, 2005
For the first time in Slam History, our annual SlammastersGÇÖ weekend will be held outside of sweet home Chicago. As hosts for NPS 2006, weGÇÖre excited to bring yGÇÖall (thatGÇÖs Texan for GÇ£you peopleGÇ¥) to our fair city and give you a taste of what weGÇÖre planning. We hope you like warm weather, beer, and food cooked on a grill.
In addition to the usual meetings on Saturday and Sunday, weGÇÖll be planning nighttime events for Friday and Saturday night and the first annual GÇ£A-Town ClassicGÇ¥ (borrowing from Krystal AsheGÇÖs Chi-Town Classic) on Thursday the 7th with cash prizes. WeGÇÖre also planning on offering facilities for a couple of workshops / panel discussions. If you have ideas about a workshop youGÇÖd like to facilitate, backchannel
We suggest the following hotels, which will be close to the meeting site and the nighttime venues. They are also surrounded by great coffee, food, and bars.
The Austin Motel
1220 S. Congress
This is the super funky, extremely unique motel that was HQ for NPS 1998 back in the day. Check out their website for extremely affordable rates, and browse through the pages which show each individual room so you can pick which mural / theme youGÇÖd like!
Hotel San Jose
1365 S. Congress
Right across the parking lot from The Austin Motel, youGÇÖll find the incredibly beautiful, newly refurbished San Jose. ItGÇÖs a little more pricey, but totally worth it. Think Zen garden meets Texas motor court; really luxurious, landscaped, architecturally breathtaking. YouGÇÖll love it. Their website is fantastic, so check it out.
If youGÇÖre looking for something a little less home-grown and a little more like the usual hotel thing, good options would be the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake (208 Barton Springs) or the Radisson (111 E. Ceasar Chavez). Or, if youGÇÖre using a travel website looking for deals, search for hotels in the downtown / Town Lake area.
AIPF AND TOURING IN TEXAS:
FYI, the weekend following SlammastersGÇÖ Meeting (April 14 GÇô 17) is the annual Austin International Poetry Festival. Many of you have attended in the past GÇª hit www.aipf.org for more info. If youGÇÖd like to stick around for the festival, thereGÇÖs a whole week of great shows here in the Lone Star State. Featuring opportunities are also there for the taking for the week preceding SlammastersGÇÖ. And, mark your calendar for the annual Bluebonnet Poetry Slam with a $1,000 top prize in Conroe, Texas, April 24. Can I get a yee-haw!!!??!!
So, thereGÇÖs the scoop. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in April.
Mike Henry / Slammaster, Austin, TX
Phil West / Slammaster, San Antonio, TX
international development of poetry slam
I think we need to have a familly discussion about international rules :
in Europe i see too many events they call "poetry slam" with music or no time rule or not a one poem at a time rules. Sometimes in these events poets who are not "slam poets" are guests and slam poets are not even accepted.
I don't want the spirit of poetry slam to be killed and that's why I propose an approbation of the psi only for the events who use the rules of the regulars poetry slam:
1. poetry competitions
2. original poetry
3. no music
4. one poem at a time
5. 3mns time limit
6. in an international poetry slam the requirement for inscription is the pre selection in the psi rules
7. for this international event the poems should be translated and projected back side of the poet in the original language plus in the country's language, plus in english.
I think we will have a discussion about that in Austin in april...
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