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General Discussion / New Video in PSi online store
« on: June 07, 2011, 01:14:44 PM »
FYI, just put up the new SLAM SAFE II dvd in the online store. If you were in this video, shoot me your po address for your copy. Send it to stevedmarsh at charter dot net

Link to the video:

General Discussion / Anybody see Comedy Central's Comedy Awards
« on: April 11, 2011, 07:33:08 AM »
And did it make you think again about the "Slammies?" (Yeah, I know, that name belongs to wrestling.) I also saw a little of the Adult film awards on cable late last night. Come'on folks. Slam is 25 years old this year. PSi is 14. Isn't it time to step up?

General Discussion / NPS 2010 Official Hotel in St. Paul, MN
« on: May 14, 2010, 06:49:04 PM »
Here is the best deal available to stay in the official hotel of NPS 2010 if you are NOT a member of PSi. Log in to the Members Forum to get a little better deal if you are a member. (Psst, if you are staying more than two nights, it is cheaper to become a member and stay at the members' price.)

Membership is here:

General Discussion / Political Poetry suffers from double translation
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:44:11 AM »
I didn't know how to identify this thread, but for an amazing (I wanted to say "awesome" in the original sense of the word, as in "generating awe") ...oh, never mind. Just click this link and YOU try to tell folks what it is about.

General Discussion / Poetry Cross Training Conference
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:33:02 AM »
Here is the thread for summer workshop, per President Woods' suggestion.

Current status of summer workshop? On hold. Not forgotten, but not being re-invented either.

General Discussion / Poetry and Advertising
« on: August 16, 2009, 08:42:30 AM »
I read and delighted in this story in the New York Times this morning

August 16, 2009
Op-Ed Contributor
Poetry in Motion

Baton Rouge, La.
IT seems that we’ve done just about everything to get the American auto industry out of the doldrums. We’ve forced bankruptcies. We’ve exchanged cash for clunkers. But have we tried poetry?
The question is brought to mind by the story of Marianne Moore, the famous American writer, who served for a brief season as the Ford Motor Company’s unofficial poet laureate.
Moore, who died in 1972, was at the height of her literary powers in the autumn of 1955, when a letter arrived in her Brooklyn mailbox.
A Ford executive wrote that the company was launching “a rather important new series of cars,” but his team was stumped to think of a name for the latest product line. Could Moore, an icon of American letters, help them out?
Moore embraced the assignment with relish, not surprising for a poet who enjoyed — and whose writing was frequently inspired by — popular culture, whether it be baseball, boxing or bric-a-brac. The correspondence became a cultural fixture of its own after it was published in The New Yorker two years later.
Throughout the fall and winter of 1955, Moore’s steady stream of suggestions arrived at Ford: “the Ford Silver Sword,” “Intelligent Bullet,” “the Ford Fabergé,” “Mongoose Civique,” “Anticipator,” “Pastelogram,” “Astranaut” and, the highest flight of fancy, “Utopian Turtletop.”
Moore apparently had no qualms about enlisting her muse in the service of the automotive industry. She was also willing to embrace the risks of the marketplace, agreeing to be paid only if she came up with a winning name. As Moore’s biographer Charles Molesworth points out, she “had always enjoyed the language of advertisement, delighting in its inventiveness and ebullience, and even relating it to the poetics of praise.”
These days, poetry and commerce are rarely on such good speaking terms. Poetry doesn’t sell well, and poets almost never attain the celebrity that touched Moore, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg half a century ago. If some Detroit executive got the bright idea to consult a poet for marketing advice today, one rather doubts he’d know whom to call.
It’s nice to think that the two groups — poets and carmakers — might find new relevance through collaboration, but history is not encouraging.
After much thought, Ford Motors politely rejected all of Moore’s lyrical suggestions for its new car line. Instead, the company’s executives opted for a choice generated internally: the Edsel.
Danny Heitman, a columnist for The Baton Rouge Advocate, is the author of “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House.”

General Discussion / New York Times Talks to the Slampapi
« on: June 03, 2009, 06:30:36 AM »
Check this out:

Best line: "and people just want to write what the last guy wrote so they can get their face on TV."

General Discussion / Official NPS 2009 announcement
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:48:45 AM »
This is the official announcement that we will be headed to West Palm Beach, FLORIDA for NPS 2009 August 4-8, 2009. This is the first time that PSi will be solely responsible for virtually all the details of the tournament and the rest of the festival as well. Chris Imperial is likely to be creating and promoting side events around the event, but these are not part of the official PSi event. They are not hosted by, or endorsed by PSi, but it is important to know that, as a community, we welcome his additional promotion and marketing around our flagship event. We encourage you to participate in those events as well.

EC, almost exclusively through the on-the-ground work of Henry Sampson, has had contact with several key volunteers in the Southern Florida area in support of this event. We thank those volunteers and we will be working in close contact with them. If you are a South Florida person interested in assisting, contact PSi directly.

This is all a new business model for PSi. But it is one that gives PSi full control over the event and full responsibility for its success or failure. Please join us in WPB to help us with the experiment that is the continuing evolution of National Poetry Slam.

BTW, now that side events are on our plate too, we are in a position to begin to seek sponsors for some of those events. The Wordsmith Press has started the process by offering a cash prize for the Head to Head Haiku event. If you would like to sponsor an event, or you think you can sell a sponsorship to someone, contact Scott Woods who has volunteered to create the side event slate for NPS 2009.

Here we go.

General Discussion / WOWps 2009 Video Slam is underway
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:18:22 AM »
Hello all,

If you are interested in free application fee for WOWps 2009, here is your chance. The Women of the World Poetry Slam is coming soon, and PSi is once again offering a spot to the winner of our online video slam! We want to see your performance and hear your voice!
Submit your performance video from any popular online video source (YouTube, Google Video, etc) using our online form from now through the end of the contest. Voting will begin on January 13, and end February 13 at 5PM. The video with the most votes will be declared the winner, and the poet will have a guaranteed spot in WoWPS 2009, with the registration fee waived.
Enter Today!

For more information about the Women of the World Poetry Slam, please visit

Good luck to all who enter.

General Discussion / Slammers Breaking Through
« on: October 12, 2008, 07:05:28 PM »
I'd kind of like to keep track of those of us who have "made it" in one way or another.

Let me tell you what inspires this:

In 2005 I was given the opportunity through my company, The Wordsmith Press, to participate in the production of the 2004 Best of Urbana CD called New High Score which is available in the PSi store at

This week I was watching the TV show Life. I like it because it's a former convict restored to his old detective position who is serious Zen student. The musical theme for this week's episode was a re-make of a cut off that CD. It is called I Shall Be Free by Kid Beyond.

General Discussion / New Equipment for your show
« on: September 12, 2008, 10:37:38 AM »
I know some of you run or attend a slam that has no amplification. This is a pretty good and reasonably low cost option to solve that problem. Please check out the Ion Audio Block Rocker here

Now, I want you to know this is not spam and not an advertisement. I also have never seen nor heard this system, but I just read a 5 star review in Mac|Life. Their short review: Lots of input options. Easy connectivity to external amp or pre-amp. Full rich sound. Very portable. And the Cons: Could use built in EQ.

And the best part is it has a 12 hour battery! Use it on the street corner if you want. Just plug in the mic and go.

Two other cool ideas: 1) It has wheels and a handle like a roller suitcase! Great since the whole thing only weighs 35 pounds. 2) You can just drop your iPod into the built in dock for the intermission or to back yourself up with that jazz band! I think this solves almost all of my complaints about hauling speakers, boards, wires, and every other damn thing for about 15 years. You young folks have it soooooo easy. I remember the olden days when we had to carry speakers carved out of rocks, uphill both ways, and still try to avoid the big meat-eating lizards in the primordial swamp and the primeval forest.

Warning!   I have received word that a Canadian citizen was turned away at the US  border after she stated the purpose of her visit was to volunteer. I am told this is some kind of work issue. 

Spectators and performers should hopefully make it through.

Please pass this info on to anyone travelling from

-erik daniel
Posting from Steve's phone

General Discussion / Donate to your local slam online today
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:11:03 PM »
PSI has just made it much easier to support your local slam through its GrantBack program. Simply go to the online store at and select the Gifts and Donations section. Spcifically, look for Donation in Support of Local Slams. You can give as little as a dollar or as much as you want and you identify on the donation page exactly which local slam and SlamMaster is to receive the benefit. Could it be any easier? Well, maybe if I provided a direct link to the page:

And now you can contribute with PayPal or your credit card. Thanks!

General Discussion / Academic Opportunities
« on: December 06, 2007, 12:25:07 PM »
Sometimes the big brains in the academy decide to do things that seem to relate to us. Nothing has ever struck me as more "us" than this:
Subject: Graduate Student Conference: Submit a paper

From: Kathleen Wider

Date: Dec 3, 2007 10:51 am


Hi all,

I thought some of you might be interested in considering submitting a paper to
the following conference.  The due date for abstracts of papers is January 11,
2008.  Something to work on during that empty holiday time!!

Prof. Wider

The Department of Languages and Literature, University of Utah, presents

Confutati - Graduate Student Symposium

February 21-23, 2008

Vox Populi / Vox Poetica

Abstracts due January 11, 2008

Vox populi/vox poetica. The voice of the people, the voice of the poet.
In a rapidly globalizing world, more and more voices circulate and are
heard. In an increasingly digital universe, voices intersect and diverge
in new ways; are disembodied, break down. In the academy, scholars
explore and celebrate the extraordinary range of "vox" speaking through
literature and through culture today. Traditionally marginalized, the
popular voice joins the poet's voice in our seminars and in our
research. Graduate students, marginal voices in the profession, are
uniquely poised to interrogate the complex 21st-century relationship
between the popular and the poetic.

Our 4th annual graduate symposium asks the questions: In what ways has
the popular been identified with the marginal, both historically and
presently, poetically and culturally? In what ways has the popular
become integral to the current mission of the Humanities? How can we, as
graduate students of Comparative Studies, take advantage of the current
atmosphere of disciplinary flux in the academy to redraw the frontiers
(national, cultural, theoretical, aesthetic) of the popular and the poetic?

Keynote address by Michael Palencia-Roth, Trowbridge Scholar in Literary
Studies and Emeritus Professor of Comparative and World Literature at
University of Illinois (Urbana).

Participants may submit their papers for consideration in the refereed
graduate journal, Utah Foreign Language Review

We invite submissions on, but not limited to:
o The role of the Graduate Student: Virtues and vices of working in the
margins in academe
o Aesthetics in/of the vox populi vs. the vox poetica
o Vox populi as a revolutionary voice
o Vox poetica as inherently exclusionary and/or its ability/inability to
embody the vox populi.
o Economically marginalized voices
o Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and their affects on voice across media
o De-centering and fluidity of critical voices
o Constructions of critical voices
o 'The Critic' throughout history, both as character and/or as author
o Re-engaging with forgotten voices
o Pop Culture (of any form or media)

For information, contact

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