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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2008, 04:21:23 PM »
Hey Y'all,

 any info on 2008 dates for Southwest Shootout? How about Denver's 40 oz? Other regionals in the southwest?

 if you know anything, please post it here, or shoot me an email sam AT silvercityslam DOT com

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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2008, 10:43:44 AM »
Tucson Poetry Festival is here!  The longest-running literary festival in the Southwest, featuring some of the hottest contemporary poets, experimental theater by Verbobala Spoken Video, and--in case you don't bother reading that far--a $100 open slam!


SUBJECT:
Tucson Poetry Festival 26—Poetry and Voice

OVERVIEW:

The year 2008 marks the 26th Anniversary of Tucson Poetry Festival, the longest running event of its kind in Arizona!  Tucson Poetry Festival (TPF) was founded in 1981 with the mission to celebrate—and expand the audience for—contemporary poetry. TPF has provided people with the opportunity to hear over 200 superb visiting poets in this unique annual experience, including some of the most celebrated poets of our time, as well as talented local and emerging poets.

This year, poets from Tucson and beyond join us to celebrate all aspects of Voice in poetry, as a stylistic convention and a performance tool.  This festival showcases a broad and diverse range of poetic voices—written, spoken, and signed.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with The University of Arizona Disability Resource Center who, as co-sponsors of the Festival, will provide accessibility services including ASL translation for all Readings, Workshops, and the Panel Discussion. 

DATES:
Thursday, April 10, 2008—Sunday, April 13, 2008

TICKET INFORMATION:
All tickets are available at The Historic Y the day of the event; no advance tickets.
Individual readings—$10
With student ID—$5
Small group sessions—$10
Festival Pass good for all events—$50
20% off groups of 10 or more

SCHEDULE:

U of A Poetry Center, 1508 E Helen Ave

Thursday April 10th
7:30 pm:  Performance by Ayisha Knight (free)

The Historic Y, 300 E University

Friday April 11th
7:30 pm:  Readings by:  The Will Inman Award Winner, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Wanda Coleman; Book Signing to follow

Saturday April 12th
Small Group Sessions in the Historic Y Conference Room
10:00 am:  Wanda Coleman
11:30 am:  Benjamin Alire Saenz
1:00 pm:  Rebecca Seiferle
2:30 pm:  Sherwin Bitsui   
7:30 pm:  Reading by Ayisha Knight, performance by Verbobala Spoken Video (Logan Phillips, Moisés Regla, Adam Cooper-Terán), Book Signing to follow

Sunday April 13th
11:30 am:  Breakfast & Panel Discussion on “Poetry and Voice” and “Other People’s Poetry” Reading: Moderated by Paul Fisher (free event w/ bagels & coffee)
2:00 pm:  Verbobala Small Group Session
3:00 pm:  High School Contest Reading w/ Contest Judge Rebecca Seiferle (free)
5:30 pm:  Readings by:  the High School Contest Winner, Sherwin Bitsui, Rebecca Seiferle; Book Signing to follow
8:00pm:  $100 Community Poetry Slam hosted by Lindsay Miller ($5 suggested donation)

ARTISTS:

Ayisha Knight is the daughter of a white Jewish mother and a Black Cherokee father by birth, but was raised in a community of single mothers who raised her as their own.  Questions of her cultural and linguistic identity always evoke quizzical expressions, astonishment or resignation to the fact that she can't be described in one checked box on college applications.  As a Deaf woman whose primary language is ASL, her vision of the world is unique.  Her passions for art, storytelling, theater and education have been forming a tapestry for many years now.  Ayisha Knight is the only deaf poet who has ever appeared on Def Poetry Jam.

Poet and fiction writer Benjamin Alire Saenz, the son of a cement finisher and a cook, was born in his grandmother's house in Picacho, N.M. He studied at the University of Iowa and Stanford University as a Wallace E. Stegner fellow. His first collection of poetry, Calendar of Dust (1991), won the American Book Award. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Flowers for the Broken (1992), the novel Carry Me Like Water (1995), several children's books and a collection of poems, Elegies in Blue (Cinco Puntos Press, 2002). He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

Wanda Coleman is the author of Bathwater Wine (Black Sparrow Press, 1998), winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. A former medical secretary, magazine editor, journalist and scriptwriter, Coleman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation for her poetry. Her other books of poetry include Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors (1996); Hand Dance (1993); African Sleeping Sickness (1990); A War of Eyes & Other Stories (1988); Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories 1968-1986 (1988); Imagoes (1983); and Mercurochrome: New Poems (2001). She has also written Mambo Hips & Make Believe: A Novel, published by Black Sparrow Press in 1999.

Verbobala Spoken Video is a bi-national video performance group based in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona. Of diverse ethnic backgrounds, the members include video artist Moisés Regla, a Mexican of French and Spanish decent, acclaimed media designer, Adam Cooper-Terán, a Chicano of Russian and Yaqui decent, and Border poet Logan Phillips, an American of Irish and Slavic decent. This diversity is also reflected in their artistic backgrounds, as each comes to the project with experience in distinct areas including slam poetry, underground hip-hop, new media, experimental linguistics, electro-acoustic music, contemporary ritual and video installation.  Verbobala creates bilingual site-specific performance art that challenges the traditional concept of artistic genres. Like international borders, the separation between artistic forms and languages has become increasingly amorphous and irrelevant. Their pieces play with the limits between cinema and literature, performance and installation, orchestration and improvisation, English and Spanish, audience and artist.

Rebecca Seiferle's poetry collection, Wild Tongue, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in Fall, 2007. She was awarded a Lannon Foundation Fellowship in poetry in 2004. Her third poetry collection, Bitters, won the Western States Book Award and a Pushcart Prize. She has also won the Hemley and Bogin Awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Poets & Writers Exchange Award, and has work included in Best American Poetry 2000. She is the Founding Editor of the online magazine The Drunken Boat (www.thedrunkenboat.com) and her poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in over twenty-five anthologies.

Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, he lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is Dine of the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl'izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the recipient of the 2000-01 Individual Poet Grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the 1999 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Residency Fellowship and more recently, a 2006 Whiting Writers' Award. Sherwin has published his poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Lit Magazine, and elsewhere. Shapeshift is his first book.

Paul Fisher is a theatre education specialist, performing artist, and published poet. He is a regular performer with Monolog Cabin, Orts Theatre of Dance, and Sweatlodge. Paul is the Founder and was the Director of the nationally recognized Arts Education Program for the Tucson Pima Arts Council. He is a private consultant specializing in the use of creative thinking and performance as a tool. In 2003 he received the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award from the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. He is currently working with the Development and Training, Staff Development and Human Resources Departments of the INTUIT Corporation.

CONTESTS:
For the past 13 years, the High School Contest has incorporated young writers into our program, encouraging them to express their experiences through poetry. The young writers submit three poems in English, Spanish, or Tribal Languages, which are judged by an acclaimed Spanish-speaking writer to be eligible for gift certificates from local bookstores and the chance to read at TPF.  This year’s High School Contest Judge is Rebecca Seiferle.

For 24 years, the Statewide Poetry Contest (Will Inman Award) has inspired adult writers to share their poetry with nationally known poets who select their poems for cash prizes, publication in our program and the opportunity to read at the Festival.  This year’s Statewide Poetry Contest Judge is Wanda Coleman.

For More Information:
Lindsay Miller 720.394.3586 or linzm@email.arizona.edu
Teresa Driver 520.256.4206 or tdriver13@juno.com
Tucson Poetry Festival tucsonpoetryfestival.org

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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2008, 09:47:47 PM »
Hey Y'all,

 any info on 2008 dates for Southwest Shootout? How about Denver's 40 oz? Other regionals in the southwest?

 if you know anything, please post it here, or shoot me an email sam AT silvercityslam DOT com

thanks!

Southwest Shootout will be held in Dallas, Texas. June 20th-21st.  We are looking to host 12 to 16 teams in a 4x4 format

We are hosting the event as part of the Exposition Park Arts Festival. 

Thursday June 19th
The weekend will get kicked off with the Poetry Grind Show @ Exposition Park Cafe on Thursday with a special Feature and pre SWSO Party

Friday June 20th Prelims
Registration will be at Expo Park Cafe starting @ noon.  First Prelims will be 8pm @ Expo Park Cafe and the Art Club
Second round of prelins will be @ same venues starting @ 10pm.  Live music after the prelims with poets being able to take the mic with the band.

Saturday June 21st  Finals
Writing workshop @ 12noon until 1:30pm
Haiku Death Match 2pm
Finals @ The Art Club 8pm
After Party at the Art Club with Live Music

There will be Live Music, Gallery shows and entertainment all weekend in Expo Park

I'll be posting hotel information and more details after April 13th.
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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2009, 04:22:10 PM »
Tucson Poetry Festival is here again!  I've been working on getting the Board to incorporate more slam and slam-related readings into our programming, so come out and see the results of my efforts!

April 2-5, 2009, Tucson Poetry Festival celebrates its 27th anniversary by exploring poetry’s connection to Healing--using words to heal ourselves, our relationships, and our world. Poetry and Healing will present a host of gifted poets, stimulating readings, exciting group sessions, a dynamic panel discussion, and two electrifying slams. We are excited to be collaborating with Tucson High School to produce this event and bring the healing power of poetry to a new generation.

Featuring Gina Franco, Samantha Barrow, Ofelia Zepeda, Buddy Wakefield, Andrea Gibson, and Brian Turner, this show is simply not to be missed! Visit tucsonpoetryfestival.org for a full schedule and ticket information.

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The field is set.  The teams are getting geared up for the 2nd Annual Dallas Invitational Poetry Slam Weekend. 

For those of you road tripping to Austin and might have Dallas near or on your route, here's the deal:

Place for all events:
Pugsley's Library
2443 Walnut Hill
Dallas, TX 75229
972.243.1111
(I-35E @ Walnut Hill and Composite)


Friday August 3rd  7pm
Roger Bonair Agard Features at the Poetry Grind Open Mic/Poetry Slam
$5 at the door, $3 with Student I.D.

Saturday August 4th  1pm-3pm
Roger Bonair Agard Writing/Performance Workshop $10

Sunday August 5th  7pm
Dallas Invitational Poetry Slam (D.I.P.S.) The NPS Tune Up!
Tickets $10 in advance available at www.poetrygrind.com or at Pugsley's
 $12 at the door, $8 with Student ID

Three simultaneous 3x5 bouts under the same roof.  Top 5 teams advance to the final.
This is the line up of teams participating:
Seattle, Berkley, Denver-Mercury, Denver Slam Nuba, Albuquerque, Omaha, Chicago Palatine, Columbus-Black Pearl, Boston Cantab, NYC-Nutorican, NYC Urbana, DC/Baltimore, Charlotte, Atlanta and Killeen!


Excellent Line up and Final Show will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Jason Carney and Roger Bonair Agard!
Teams are competing for cash prizes and the coveted Silver Bowl of Guacamole!


If you wish to come through Dallas on your way to Austin, hit me back for hotel info. 
 




Hey Whoopee, I thought Nats was Aug. 3-8 this year.. Am I on crack, or is everyone not going to NPS? <grin>

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Hey Whoopee, I thought Nats was Aug. 3-8 this year.. Am I on crack, or is everyone not going to NPS? <grin>

Gabrielle...I think you are in a time warp.  That post you quoted was from 2007.  I believe you are correct on the August 3-8 dates for NPS 2009.  We will not be doing DIPS this year.  We are going to gear up for a 2010 and 2011 DIPS the first weekend in June of both years regardless of where NPS is located. 
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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2009, 12:41:37 PM »
Yep. You're right. I'm on crack. :) Can you tell I don't visit the forums much? Mwa!

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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2009, 12:43:26 PM »
Hey y'all,

The Tucson Poetry Festival is finally here!  With book signings, workshops, and
appearances by amazing poets from all over the country, this event is not to be
missed.  We've got something for everyone, from local poet Ofelia Zepeda to
slam legends Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson, and Iraq War veteran Brian
Turner.

The full schedule can be found at tucsonpoetryfestival.org or in the attached
press release, but with everything going on, there are a few things I wanted to
point out in case you missed them:

12 pm Saturday, Tucson High School library:  Panel discussion on Poetry and
Healing.  All the Festival guests will gather to discuss how poetry can be used
to heal ourselves and our world.  Paul Fisher will moderate.  This was one of
the most enlightening events of last year's Festival.

1:30 pm Saturday, Tucson High School yoga studio:  Poetry and the Body workshop
with Mara Concordia and Rita Magdaleno.  How do we get ?into the body? in
order to write more deeply? Where does the poem reside within us?  We?ll
explore that ?mind-body-heart? connection in poetry & discover new ways
that writing can heal. With the guidance of a body therapist, we?ll practice
a few basic ?body-work? techniques. The goal will be to relax & to energize
our creativity. Then, we?ll write a poem.  This will be a ?hands-on?
workshop. Demonstrated techniques can be done by the writer or with a partner /
friend.  Please bring a mat or blanket & your notebook. Come prepared to relax
and to have fun.

7:30 pm Sunday, Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea:  Youth Slam hosted by Doc
Luben.  Tucson's best under-18 poets compete for a $100 prize.  Signup starts
at 7:00, and is open to all interested poets.  Only 10 spots, so show up on
time!

9:00 pm Sunday, Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea:  Community Slam hosted by
Lindsay Miller.  Yet another $100 prize!  Signup starts at 8:30, and once
again, there are only 10 spots available.  Preference will be given to poets
who attend the youth slam, so come out and support the next generation.

See you there!

Lindsay

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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2009, 02:40:19 PM »
This weekend - Slam Nuba is kicking off National Poetry Month with Word War I: A Poetry Festival.  All events will be held at the Crossroads Theater in Denver, CO.
 
Friday, April 3rd:
8:00 p.m.
2009 Team Selection 

Saturday, April 4th:  
Workshops and Performances

1:00pm - 2:30pm: Writing & Performance Workshop
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Slam Poetry 101: Open panel for those interested in Slam Poetry
5:00 - 6:30pm: Haiku Battle!
7:00-9:00pm: Denver Slam Poetry Showcase, featuring live band and DJ!

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New Texican W&YI in Silver City
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2011, 02:23:36 PM »
TEAM POETRY SLAM!
Albuquerque's ABQ Slams, El Paso's Free Hole Slam, Amarillo's Slamarillo and Silver City's Poetry Bread square off in a Team Poetry Slam competition that will determine the fate of the world.

This is a Win and You're In Slam for all teams involved. If you are a slamaster in the area and need a W&YI, contact me backchannel at silversam AT gmail DOT com and we can talk about if there is room to split the field up into two bouts. If we get a couple or more teams, we'll just run two W&YI's that night.

our FB event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103302813079832

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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2011, 01:50:40 PM »
TEAM POETRY SLAM!
Albuquerque's ABQ Slams, El Paso's Free Hole Slam, Amarillo's Slamarillo and Silver City's Poetry Bread square off in a Team Poetry Slam competition that will determine the fate of the world.

This is a Win and You're In Slam for all teams involved. If you are a slamaster in the area and need a W&YI, contact me backchannel at silversam AT gmail DOT com and we can talk about if there is room to split the field up into two bouts. If we get a couple or more teams, we'll just run two W&YI's that night.

our FB event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103302813079832



Is this in Silver City or ABQ?
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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2011, 02:29:13 PM »
Is this in Silver City or ABQ?

Silver City.

Looks like we might have an opening unless Slamarillo can work out a schedule conflict. You guys wanna come over and play?

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« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2011, 03:41:28 PM »
Silver City.

Looks like we might have an opening unless Slamarillo can work out a schedule conflict. You guys wanna come over and play?

Quite possibly.  Going down to Tucson Saturday, and I'll find out what their status is for Nationals.  If they're in, and Flagstaff is in (Black Pearl is certified so can slam for a Win/In, but I'm fairly certain they're not going to Nationals), we might have to do one here in Arziona to make sure all the teams here have their Win/Ins. 

I can let you know Sunday.  When is this happening?
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Re: Special Local Events (Southwest Region)
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2011, 04:06:27 PM »
TEAM POETRY SLAM!
Albuquerque's ABQ Slams, El Paso's Free Hole Slam, Amarillo's Slamarillo and Silver City's Poetry Bread square off in a Team Poetry Slam competition that will determine the fate of the world.

This is a Win and You're In Slam for all teams involved. If you are a slamaster in the area and need a W&YI, contact me backchannel at silversam AT gmail DOT com and we can talk about if there is room to split the field up into two bouts. If we get a couple or more teams, we'll just run two W&YI's that night.

our FB event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103302813079832

Sorry I forgot to include:
when - Saturday, February 12th, 2011, 7:00 PM
where - TWC, 409 North Bullard, Silver CIty, NM, 88061

my number is 575-313-2599

-sam