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« on: August 19, 2007, 09:33:26 AM »
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1. Vacancies on the Houston Slam Team MAY be referred to the next ranking individual or team contestant on the grand slam results list. Next, vacancies may be referred to poets on the semi-finals results list, and then finally the preliminary ranking list. The Slammaster reserves  the right to hold an Alternates Slam at any time to fill vacancies on the slam team or openings for IWPS or WOWPS.


The 2014 Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Rules and Format
Poets, here's how to qualify to be a member of the Houston Slam Team for wherever Nationals is in 2015. Here are your options:

1. Individuals can compete for one of 4 spots on the team during a minimum six competition season. Grand Slam Finals will only be held to break ties. I don't recommend taking a 5th poet to Nationals because the Alternate usually causes drama and demands stage time at the expense of the team.

2.  Optionally, a minimum of two 4-poet teams or four 2 poet teams can compete during a minimum six competition season. BUT teams must be registered with me before the local season begins so I can schedule the bouts ahead of time. The top team of the season will form the Houston Slam Team. At least two teams need to be tied after the six competitions for a Grand Slam Final to occur. The top team of the Grand Slam Final will become the 2014 Houston Slam Team.


Here are the basic rules for ALL Poetry Slam Incorporated certified slam contestants:

1. Write and compete with your own poems up to three minutes long using: no props, no costumes, no musical accompaniment. At 3:10:01 you start losing .5 of a point for every 10 seconds you go over after 3:10.

2. You will be judged by 5 judges who may be picked out of the audience. The judges will score you Olympic style 0 to 10 points judging such criteria as performance, originality, and content.

Here are the local qualifying rules and the local format for the Houston Poetry Slam open season.

1. Regular season qualifying slams will occur with a minimum of two poets, two teams.

2. Two teams or two individuals require head -to-head match-ups in three rounds. Individual scores are cumulative. The first round of qualifying slams  is random order and A,B in succeeding rounds:
Round 1: A,B
Round 2: A,B
Round 3: A,B

3. Sixteen individual contestants will compete in 4 back-to-back bouts, 4 poets per bout in the 1st round. The highest scoring poets from each bout goes to the second round of two back-to-back bouts, 4 poets per bout, top 4 poets per bout go to the third and final round. Individual scores accumulate.

4. Placing 1st earns four ranking points. Placing 2nd earns two ranking points. Total accumulated scores determines lead within a ranking group.


5. A grand slam may be held to break ties.

The mission of Houston Poetry Slam is to promote poetry slam as one tool to help organize a nurturing, vibrant local poetry community. If you chose to form your own team, coach or captain your own team - beware of the self indulgent, egotistical poet. Their actions only serve their own personal advancement and maybe the advancement of their small cliques which can subvert concepts of team work and good sportsmanship.  The Slammaster is available for consultation, but the team you form is your own problem should problems occur. You've been warned.

The Slammaster reserves the right to clarify these rules throughout the season, make additions or changes as needed  - all at his discretion. If you wish to protest these rules or their alleged violation or manipulation, notify the Slammaster in writing. Your protest will be decided by the Slammaster. You may appeal decisions not to your liking to the Wrighter's Ink Executive Committee, and then if necessary to the Wrighter's Ink Board of Directors.
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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 06:17:36 PM »
The 2007 - 2008 Super Slam Week started Tuesday January 22nd, 2008 and qualified several poets at venues that were enthusiastic for us to return next year. The winners of the 2008 Houston Slam Team Grand Slam Final held at Bohemeos on Saturday January 26th are as follows:

1. Camryn Barganier ($300 prize winner)
2. Brother Said (not elgible for prizes)
3. Byron Williams ($150 prize winner)
4. Larry Cortez ($100 prize winner)

Congratulations to the 2008 Houston Slam Team. Participates signed team contracts before the slam and agreed to receive their prizes in August after Nationals.

The alternate list for replacing vacancies on the Houston  Slam Team are as follows:



1.Black Blues

2. Marlon

3. The Black Lotus

4. Sal
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008, 04:54:39 PM »
This is Public Notice:

Just as Super Slam Week worked out like we planned, and we thought we had a dedicated team, and I was busy scheduling practices - two people dropped. They suddenly realized that being on a slam team and practicing every week was more responsibility than they had expected  - one reason why I and my board of directors decided to hold prizes until after a team returns from Nationals.

So here is the list of alternates. I'm trying to track you down here in Houston, but if you see your name on this list and you notify me before I hold an Alternates Slam - then you can take your rightful place on the team, and claim prizes.

The alternate list for replacing vacancies on the Houston  Slam Team are as follows:



1.Black Blues

2. Marlon

3. The Black Lotus

4. Sal
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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 10:19:51 AM »
Teams are already selected?  Teams are already scheduling practice sessions?

Story of my life.  I never even heard the starting gun.

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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008, 07:37:05 PM »
Teams are already selected?  Teams are already scheduling practice sessions?

Story of my life.  I never even heard the starting gun.

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One very practical reason why we decided to do things so early (and as long as I'm Slammaster here we'll do it like this from now on) is because 2008 Nationals is in Madison, Wisconson. The past two years it was great to have Nationals about 100 miles away up in Austin. Although fundraising and team prep was still tough, and heres why:

Our sentimental tradition was to hold slams until April (poetry month) and have a slam off late April or early May. But we were always scrambling for money at the last minute and trying to balance fundraising time and practice time and jobs et al. April slamoffs is only three months before Nationals and that is just not enough time to raise money to transport and house five poets AND really, really practice. It never worked well for us.

I don't know about anybody else, but down here deep in Tejas we NEEd six moths to practice and raise a whole lot of money to go 1200 miles to Wisconson.
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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008, 07:43:35 PM »
This is Public Notice:

On January 26, 2008 we had our Houston Slam Team Grand Slam with four of the top ranking poets from Super Slam Week competing for cash prizes. The winners were Camryn Barganier ($300), Brother Said(not eligible for prize), Byron Williams($150), and Larry Cortez($100).

Unfortunately, Camryn and Byron left the team due to personal issues. The four individuals on the alternates list must contact me before 5pm Wednesday because I've scheduled an Alternates Slam this Sunday February 17th. We will have the Alternates Slam to fill the two open spots on the Houston Slam Team. It will be at the Chateau at 5pm. Go to www.houstonpoetryslam.org for directions.
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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008, 06:00:20 PM »
These are the times when it's absolutely joyful to be a fucking Slammaster!  Four poets said they were going to show up for the Sunday Feb. 17th's Alternates Slam - but only two showed up. Those two competed for the 3rd slot ($150 prize) and fourth slot ($100) on the lteam. The results were as follows.

1. Trinity (won 3rd slot on team and elgible for the $150 prize)
2. Deep Blu See (won fourth slot on team and elgible for $100 prize)

I'll hold another alternates slam in a few weeks or a month for a reserve team member.

So now (or for now?) the 2008 Houston Slam Team is:

1. Brother Said (came in second in Super Sla Week grand slam. Moved up to first when Camryn Barganier left the team)
2. Larry Cortez aka the Lethal Lyricist (came in fourth in grand slam. Moved up to second place when Byron Williams left the team)
3. Trinity
4. Deep Blu See
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008, 07:19:36 PM »
The Alternate Slam at Notsuoh on March 19 was packed with people and poetry. Niechy was in town and put on great feature. The crowd couldn't get enough of her. We were there until midnight!

The contestants in the slam were Queen Sheba (the Texas version), Resonance, and Sal.

Queen Sheba won the alternate spot. She will be going to Madison, Wisconson  with the team in August. Only the top four starters are guaranteed stage time. The alternate is for emergency stand in or emergency performance only. Resonance and Sal are on the alternate list and are next in line to move up in case they are needed.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2009, 09:11:31 AM »
The 2009 Houston Slam Team Grand Slam Final 0n Saturday February 21st was an exciting mix of anticipation, drama, and intrigue. The players favored to win, members of last years 2008 team, met some stiff competition during Super Slam Week that pushed them down in the rankings and put their favored status in question. Queen Sheba had ranked No. 1 all season long, but was pushed down to No. 2 by new comer Savannah Blue. Deep Blue See had held on to the number four ranking for sometime, had risen to three, but had been pushed down to fourth place by new comer Freeze. Deep Blue See rebounded and recovered third rank overall Thursday night. One time No. 2 ranker Fat Boi 6 had fallen all the way to No. 5 by the end of Super Slam Week. And the top ranked team Hot Buttered Soul, composed of 2008 Slam Team members Trinity and Brother Said, had been hoping for a better showing but ended up ranking behind new comer Freeze. And a surprise move by poet Outspoken catapulted him into the rankings with one high scoring second place finish on Tuesday night. But he couldnt make it Saturday night, so his spot became a Wild Card spot and picked up by Nyne.

The very first bout pitted Savannah against, Deep Blu, Fat Boi 6, and Nyne. Top rankers get to pick their spot in the Houston Poetry Slam finals, and Savannah picked D. Deep Blu See picked A which was a shocker to see a veteran slammer who knows the alphabetical system chose to go first against a formidable opponent. Fat Boi chose C. And Nyne ended up with B. It was a close bout, but Deep Blu See pulled out the win.

The second bout pitted second ranked Queen Sheba against, Freeze, Hot Buttered Soul, and the Plastic Clown. Queen Sheba chose C, Freeze chose whatever which ended up being D after Plastic Clown chose B. Once the second bout got started, the Plastic Clown provided one of the more humorous events of the evening when he delivered his first poem writhing on the floor of the stage. Freeze dominated the first half of the bout scoring 30 points twice, but Team Hot Buttered Soul pulled off the upset win, while Queen Sheba barely caught up with Freeze to take second place making her the first alternate.

So the 2009 Houston Slam Team is Deep Blu See, Savannah Blue, Brother Said, Trinity, and Queen Sheba is the alternate for the second year in a row. Last year, half the team quit after one week. This year should be more stable, but we have a solid alternate in Freeze to call up if necessary.

Deep Blu See is the Houston Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, and as such qualifies to represent Houston Poetry Slam in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California in October 2009. Queen Sheba is the top ranking female winner and may still be able to beat the deadline to represent Houston in the Women of the World Slam in March 18 - 21.

Angela Guillory was a great first time slam hostess for us. Shes having her premier piano recital soon. Check her flyer out here http://angelaog.com/downloads/AOG.jpg

Bout 1
Deep Blu See - 107.5 the Houston Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion
Savannah Blue - 103.5
Nyne - 102.2
Fat Boi 6 - 91.5

Bout 2
Team Hot Buttered Soul - 113.5
Queen Sheba - 110.4 Top Ranking Female
Freeze - 108
Plastic Clown - 79.5
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2010, 11:15:40 AM »
The 2010 Super Slam Week has started. Super Slam Week is the Houston Poetry Slam playoff week. Poets have slammed all season to be among the top 12 individual or duo of poets that get into Super Slam Week . Now, one more step remains: avoid elimination by slamming to keep or to take somebody else's rank and become one of the top 8 individual or duo of poets that gets to go to the Grand Slam Final.

Throughout the regular season poets and teams tried to get top ranking so they could be rewarded with a high seed during Super Slam Week. Remember, if a poet doesn't show up for their bout, their spot becomes a Wild Card which means it's open to any other poet. The first bout was held at Mr. A's the Club on 02.02.2010. Two more bouts on Thursday and Friday respectively. Then the final will be Saturday.

Here are the results after the third bout Friday night.

FIRST PLACE
Q (Clinched the Final)
1st on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 15
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 497.1
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 105.6
Totals: 19 pts, 602.7

Shelz (Clinched the Final)
1st on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 12
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 331.6
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 120
Totals: 16 pts, 451.6

Choice (Standby)
1st on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 2
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 107.5
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 117.2
Totals: 6 pts, 224.7 score

SECOND PLACE
Khalid (Clinched the Final)
2nd on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 16
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 509
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 117
Totals: 19 pts, 626 score

Team Jambalaya (Clinched the Final)
2nd on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 12
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 326.4
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 119.9
Totals: 15 pts, 446.3

Jem (Standby)
2nd on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 11
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 345.8
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 100.6
Totals: 14pts, 446.4

THIRD PLACE
Fluent1 (Clinched the Final)
3rd on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points:6
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 271.2
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:113.6
Totals: 8 pts, 384.8 score

Emily (Wild Card, Clinched the Final)
3rd on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 0
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score:0
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:118.7
Totals: 3 pts, 118.7

Trinity (Wild Card) (Standby)
3rd on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 0
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score:0
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:97.8
Totals: 3 pts, 97.8

FOURTH PLACE
Nyne (Clinched the Final)
4th on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 10
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 349.9
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 112.2
Totals: 11 pts, 462.1 score

Fat Boi 6 (Clinched the Final)
4th on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 6
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 80
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 112.2
Totals: 7 pts, 114.9 score

Alex (Standby)
4th on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 3
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 101.6
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 89
Totals: 4, 190 score
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2010, 02:41:20 PM »
8 Poets Survived Super Slam Week and Made it to The Final!

Super Slam Week is the Houston Poetry Slam playoff week, and after the playoff week comes the championship. Poets have slammed all season to be among the top 12 individual or duo of poets that get into Super Slam Week where four poets get eliminated. 8 poets avoided elimination by slamming to keep or to take somebody elses rank to be one of the top 8 individual or duo of poets going to the Grand Slam Final. Based on Super Slam Week Rankings, here are the bouts for the Championship:

Bout One
1. Q
4. Team Jambalaya
6. Emily
8. Fat Boi 6

Bout Two
2. Shelz
3. Khalid
5. Fluent1
7. Nyne
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2010, 01:00:53 PM »
The 2010 Houston Slam Team Grand Slam Final on Saturday February 6th was yet another exciting mix of anticipation, drama, and intrigue. Team Jambalaya, Shelz, Q, and Khalid were the players favored to win, but they met some stiff competition during Super Slam Week that pushed them down in the rankings and created the possibility of some unwanted match ups in the Final. Q had ranked No. 1 most of the season, but was pushed down to No. 2 by new comer Khalid just before Super Slam Week. But Khalid came in 2nd in Bout number one which seemingly would put him against Shelz or Q in the Final. Q took back his number 1 standing clinching the 1st Bout of the Final as the top ranker, but pitting him against the 3rd ranked Team Jambalaya (Savannah Blue and Brother Said).  Once Shelz won 1st place in Bout 3 of Super Slam Week, it was confirmed that Khalid would have to meet her in the Final. Another dreaded poet, new comer Emily,  catapulted her way from a Wild Card position into the Final by coming in 3rd in the high scoring Bout number three of Super Slam Week. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it to the Final. There were two open spots in the Final, but poets listed for Standby didn't show up, so those spots went to Wild Cards so that we could get the show started.

The very first bout pitted Q, Team Jambalaya, Fat Boi 6, and Wild Card Alex. Top rankers get to pick their spot in the Houston Poetry Slam finals, and Q picked D. Team Jambalaya picked C. Fat Boi chose B. And Alex ended up with A. Team Jambalaya won by a route after rebounding from a horrible performance of a brand new team piece in the first round .

The second bout pitted second ranked Shelz against, Khalid, Fluent1, and Wild Card Cen. Shelz chose C, Khalid chose D; Fluent1 chose B, which left Alex with "A". It was a close slam. Despite failing to take advantage of the the first Flashpoint position in the 3rd round, Khalid rebounded with a 30 in the second round to ultimately pull off the upset win over Shelz. Fluent1 and Q became eligible for the Alternate position.

So the 2010 Houston Slam Team is Khalid, Shelz, Savannah Blue, and Brother Said with the alternate position still up in the air.


Bout 1
Team Jambalaya - 114.5
Q - 105.4
Fat Boi 6 - 103.4
Alex (Wild Card) - 95.7

Bout 2
Khalid - 118.4
Shelz - 117.9
Fluent1 - 116
Cin (Wild Card) - 107.8
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Re: Houston Poetry Slam Qualifying Process
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2010, 01:37:27 PM »
Said, come on, seriously: you're really "Team Jambalaya", aren't you?

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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2010, 08:51:01 PM »
Said, come on, seriously: you're really "Team Jambalaya", aren't you?


Yes, I and Savannah are Team Jambalaya. I thought I mentioned that.This is my second year teaming up. My rules say very clearly anyone can form a team at the beginning of the season in August (although, I've discovered that poets don't read rules UNTIL they want to protest).  Besides the fact I've always liked collaborating, my goal was to encourage group work among our poets. It ain't been working
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2010, 11:41:51 AM »
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