For the record my name is Don "YahFu" Mitchell, I' am the slam master and founder of the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam of Lafayette, Louisiana, I' am also the founder and former slam master of the Creative Heat Poetry Slam of Lafayette, La in whom new slam master Sarah C. is now slam master of that slam.
Now that we have that understanding and now that the 2009 National Poetry Slam Festival is over, I feel obligated to express my feelings regarding recent activities within our community of poetry here in Lafayette, La.
1st-The sole purpose of me beginning the Creative Heat Poetry Slam in 2009 was to give the community of Lafayette, Louisiana a free poetry slam and to give poets a platform to express themselves.
My 1st order of business was to establish and find at least 5 poets that would serve as my core group of poets because I came to the conclusion that you can not have a series of poetry events without poets.
My 2nd order of business was to promote, I published the creative heat slam in 7 newspaper publications including the largest publication in Lafayette the Times of Acadiana.
My core group of poets also did some networking on behalf of the slam.
Our 1st slam had 7 poets and an audience of 35 people before we got kicked out of the venue in the middle of the show because one owner didn't tell the other owner we had a show there and he was bugging.
that is when we found a new venue which is now the current certified venue of the Sadie's Nightclub of Lafayette, La, a venue I now have no dealings with because of some circumstances that transpired over the pass few months, circumstances that cause 2-5 poets of the original core group not to participate in either of the Creative Heat Slam nor my new poetry slam.
Understand that I feel betrayed and hurt by the current slam master of the Creative Heat Slam Sarah C. because I feel she underminded my authority and went behind my back protesting some allegations to PSI against me, allegations that PSI fail to tell me about because PSI fail to tell me about these allegations, I came to the conclusion that the allegations wasn't that important.
When Sarah C. came to the Creative Heat Poetry Slam, we had an establish slam that averaged 8 poets and 30-35 audience members, we had an established point system, website, poetry group, and we had a good and positive friendship among poets that was about love and community.
Now the Creative Heat Organization was established that if you have a complaint, you address the complaint to our organization 1st and if we as a team can not come to a conclusion then you go to PSI and other slam masters to get there opinion on the matter.
Sarah C. decided to take her complaints to PSI Steve Marsh and Houston Slam Master Brother Said without consulting the Creative Heat Organization 1st. In the process of her complaints she wanted to become the new slam master and take total control of the slam.
Unaware of her allegations I made her slam master of the Creative heat Poetry Slam and when that happened she changed the entire landscape of the slam, she changed the websites, the structure of the slam, the point system, the group, everything.
I was told by Brother Said that he had a 30 minute conversation with Sarah C and I was told that the nature of that conversation inspired Sarah to change the point system, the structure of the slam and so forth. And I also was told by Brother Said that one of his rules states in order for you to be a slam master you must perform the duties of a slam master.
I' am well aware of the definition and duties of a slam master and I feel that the conversation he had with Sarah triggered a conclusion that was based upon the one sided testimony of someone that who was not part nor had any knowledge of the groundwork that was made before she came on the scene.
That is why I told Brother Said I will deal with him later because he contributed to the self seeking motives of a woman who wanted total control of the Creative Heat Slam and about a city he don't live in and a city he knows nothing about.
Now understand this I' am the new slam master of the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam, which is a once a month poetry slam every 3rd Friday at Bisbano's Pizza and understand that I have the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam, Open Mic, Workshops, Street Cypher, and Brave New Voices slams and websites registered and legally copy right in my name, so I won't have to look around and see someone else building websites and changing things around.
I have a venue of the slam every 3rd Friday of the month, I have an open mic every 3rd Tuesday of the month and I have the new Brave new voices slam every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Lafayette Science Museum.
I have the testimony of a lot of poets that did not appreciate the things she did in the community of Lafayette, La and I was told that If I started a new slam some of the slam core groups of poets said they will come to my slam, even through all that I wish Sarah C the best and I hope she is successful in all that she do, last week during the Tuesday night songwriter's and open mic night @ Artmosphere I performed my 3 poems and a fan of poetry came up and said is there anywhere else they performed poetry at in town? Now I could have been selfish got his contact number website and told him about the new slams I establish that will take place in the 3rd week of October, but with Sarah C in the building, I told him she has a slam going on at Sadie's August 19, a slam I will not be participating in, and instructed him to go and talk to her.
After there conversation Sarah came up to me and invited me to the slam at Sadie's, But if I go to her slam that would upset some poets that will come to mine because she has upset some people.
But I have moved on and my request to PSI is to put me back in the slam masters forum because I' am the legal slam master of the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam and it is my full attention to attend the 2010 National Poetry Slam with a new set of poets I have.
Thank you very much