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Billy T

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Sad news out of Chicago
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:14:05 AM »
Maria McCray, a Chicago performance poetry legend and slam veteren passed Tuesday afternooon. For those who are not familiar with Maria, she was affectionately known as "Momma", performed in 9 editions of the National Poetry Slam representing Chicago/Green Mill and Chicago/Berwyn. She last competed as a storm poet in Seattle '01 and has a cameo in SlamNation. Maria was a United States Marine, serving during the Vietnam War, occasionally under fire. Maria was a singer, actor, activist, drinking buddy and mentor to many, including myself. Check out her work on www.e-poets.net. I will bring some things to share to WOW this week. I already miss her like breathing.
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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 07:49:38 AM »
So sorry to hear it, Billy. I'm sorry to have never met her. Sending love to Chicago.

If you like, please get in touch with Mike Henry and/or Christian Drake about some possible memorial ideas at NPS.
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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 09:37:37 AM »
I am so sorry to hear this. She and I were "brothers" in arms. How did it happen?

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 10:45:13 AM »
Devastating news.  She was one of the first people I met in Slam, and was VERY supportive of me as an up-and-coming poet.
Please keep us abreast of any memorial arrnagements.

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 02:38:32 PM »
Damn.  Maria was one of my favorite people in the community.  Fierce, funny, and inspiring as hell.  My best to Chicago, and my condolences for your (our) loss.

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 07:48:22 AM »
Billy, I missed talking to you at WOWps, so I ask again, how did it happen?

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 07:45:02 PM »
Steve,

She had breast cancer.


Billy, I'm still so shocked and sad. I remember her in Seattle, so luminous. So BIG in her light. When I was at The Encyclopedia Show, I was asked if I knew it, and then I was asked if I'd write her a card. When you made the announcement of her passing at the Brothers Show Their Love mic, it didn't really sink in. I couldn't let it.

I know she is in good company. That's what keeps me smiling.
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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 11:06:28 AM »
Thank you, Rachel. I hate that I didn't know.

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2011, 12:23:56 PM »
Didn't have a chance to reply so thanks, Rachel. There are a handful of us in Chicago that knew she had been battling the disease for a couple of years. Both open mics I host threw benefits for her recently and that was just as the news of the disease taking a turn for the worst had started to get out.

She was properly memorialized at Weeds bar on Monday night.
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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2011, 04:14:00 PM »
Thank you, Billy.

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Re: Sad news out of Chicago
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2011, 01:26:17 AM »
Sad news indeed. . . So sorry to hear it.  She left some good in my heart from that Green Mill stage.  RIP Maria.