A bit off the subject but I had to address the quote above...
dbodinem, you and your slam team are lucky and you should be thankful. But know this... My SM and Coach busted their asses to make sure we made it to Nationals but we still each came out of our pockets to make up the difference. My community (at this point) does not care about poetry or SLAM but it is not any of our faults. We are doing our best to bring poetry to the city of Killeen but for the 2007 Nationals we got ZERO support. I 100% disagree with your statment and you cannot blame a cities lack of support on the team.
Now of course since we had a little success we might see city officials want to lend support in the future but our team is new... just like Tempe and these things take time. We are not all as lucky as your team but with a little time... maybe.
Killeen Poetry Slam
This was not meant as a criticism of Killeen, or any scene, that willingly pays its own way for a variety of reasons. I was specifically addressing the notion that PSI is taking advantage of poets.
My argument is that with time, experience, etc. slams should be able to fund their way to nationals without having to ask poets to pay their way. We deliver a valuable commodity that people are willing to pay for. Yes, I know that wording is weird and troubling, but I think as slammasters we have to come to grips to the reality of life and understand that we provide something that people are willing to pay for.
When I say my "city," I am actually referring to what is our biggest fundraiser: our slamoff. For the past 5 years, we have raised over $1000 with our slamoff, an event, including raising $1800 this year. I think the notion of us sharing our stories about how we get to NPS and sharing how we fund our endeavours would be a valuable service for this forum.
And congratulations on kicking ass this year.
Off to start another thread.