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General Discussion / New updates from Lafayette, LA.
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:52:17 PM »
Ladies & Gentlemen, there have been some recent changes & accomplishments in Lafayette, LA,
that I wish to bring to our PSI family attention.

1. Our name has been changed from the Lafayette Poetry Community "Spit Fire, Inspire Lives"
to the Dwn Town Poetry Krewe "Home of the Red Beans & Write" Poetry Slam & Open MIC Series!

2. After five years of serving as the Slam Master in Lafayette, LA.
We have two new Co-Slam Master of the Dwn Town Poetry Krewe
Carl "Candor" Anderson & LJ Lowery of Lafayette, LA.
They will officially take over the reigns when we re-certify our venue
for the 2015 Slam Season!

3. On June 19, 2014 on behalf of the DwnTown Poetry Krewe, Poetry Universe Television,
The Writers Guild of Acadiana, Dons Wholesale, Acadiana Youth Poets "Phresh Mindz Collective"
& Phillips Painting LLC. I became the 1st poet in Lafayette, LA history to win the
AOC Community Media 2014 Viddys "Creative Expression" Award of the Year.

4. Contact Information, our official email is dwntownpoetry@gmail.com
You may visit our website @ www.dwntownpoetry.com
& like us on our Facebook pages @ dwntown poetry krewe,
@ Poetry Universe Television, & @ Acadiana Youth Poets

Thank you for your time, attention, & unending support.
Don "Yah Fu" Mitchell
Dwntown Poetry Krewe
Home of the Red Beans & Write Poetry Slam & Open MIC
Thank you for your time & attention.

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Ladies & Gentlemen;

Please Go & Vote For Don Mitchell aka Yah Fu "the Pen Bender"
Nominated For Acadiana Local Hero Community Award At
http://www.acadianahero.com/vote.php

Please share and pass the word to your family
members and friends!!! Thank you for your love & support!! :)

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General Discussion / Sad News
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:56:58 PM »
It is with a heavy heart I must announce that the daughter
of Krissy Brown aka Krissy B the Poet who drove down from
Shreveport, Louisiana to Lafayette on November 30th & placed 2nd in our
Women of the World Qualifying Slam has passed away.She was 8 years old.

Father, please touch this family in this time of sorrow.
Rain down healing virtues from your Kingdom upon the
Brown family...In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Amen!

UPDATE: The funeral arraignments for 8-year-old Kaitlyn Mills has changed. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Winnfield Funeral Home, 3701 Hollywood Avenue in Shreveport. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bossier City. http://tinyurl.com/netv7ko

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General Discussion / Host Hotel
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:35:57 AM »
I was wondering have the host hotel for NPS2013 been selected yet?

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The Red Beans Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Last Saturday of every month 
AOC Community Media Multi Purpose Room
Inside the Rosa Parks Transportation Center
101 Jefferson Street, Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70501
www.dwntownpoetry.com

2015 The Red Beans & Write Poetry Slam Team selection Process:
If you desire to make the 2015 Red Beans & Write Poetry Slam Team,
We will be moving to a new point system, as slammers can come out to the open slams
& earn points beginning Saturday, February 22, 2014 2:00pm toward our January 2015
Grand Slam Finals!!!

Every other month 2/22/2014, 4/26/2014 we will have five open slams until October 2014
& the top 10 poets from the five open slams will earn a spot in our
January 2015 Grand Slam Finals!

The top 3 poets from every open slam will earn points on this scale:

1st place earns 10 points
2nd place earns 7 points
3rd place earns 5 points
4th place earns 3 points
Just for slamming earns a poet 1 point

Poets earn 2 points for participating in the open mic showcases
 

Each open slam is two rounds of original poetry performed, without profanity, props, costumes or any music you cannot make with your own body.
Judges are randomly selected from the audience & will score each poet on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0
On how well the poem was written as well as the performance of the poem.


Current Dates of events
2/22/2014 Open Poetry Slam
3/29/2014 Open Mic Showcase
4/26/2014 Open Poetry Slam (Festival International Edition)
Lafayette Science Museum 433 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

5/31/2014 Open Mic Showcase

Projected Future Dates
6/28/2014 Open Mic
7/29/2014 Open Poetry Slam  Showcase
8/30/2014 Open Mic
9/27/2014 Open Poetry Slam Showcase
10/25/2014 Open Mic
11/29/2014 Open Poetry Slam
1/31/2015 2015 Red Beans & Write National Team Grand Slam Finals
Featuring the top 10 poets from the season will qualify for the finals


Good to all the poets, from the Dwn Town Poetry Krewe “ Red Beans & Write Poetry Slam Team”

Have any questions contact us @
dwntownpoetry@gmail.com

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General Discussion / 2 Wins & You're In Bout in (Lafayette, LA)
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:22:38 AM »
Peace, love & infinate blessing be multiplied to all Slam Master, Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam will be hosting a 2 wins and your in bout in Lafayette, Louisiana, Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 6pm-9pm( central standard time) Inside the newly renovated state of the art Rosa Parks Transportation Center, 101 Jefferson Street in the heart & soul of downtown Lafayette, LA 70501.

The bout or bouts will take place inside the Multipurpose Television Studio of Acadiana Open Channel...Fully equipped with Microphones, Television Cameras, Tri-Caster equipment and many more.

So far we have 2 confirmed teams and are prepared to host 4, 6 or 8 teams.

If you have any questions or want to confirm your team please contact Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam Master Yah Fu  @ 337-384-9948 or email us @ spokeninnovationpoets@gmail.com, any PSI certified or registered team can come out and play,If possible please confirm your team by Saturday, January 26th so we could promote the event.

We look forward to hearing from you, have a Marry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Yours truly, Yah Fu
Spoken Innovation
Poetry Slam 

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! HEAR YE HEAR YE!!! HAHAHA JUST ADDING SOME HUMOR TO IT!

Do to unforeseen circumstances a member of the 2012 Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team will not be able to make the week long trip with the rest of the team to the 2012 National Poetry Slam... Which will take place in Charlotte North Carolina August 7-11.

So we decided as a TEAM to give one special poet who is creative & bold enough to fill the slot as a team alternate and travel with the team to it's 1st National Poetry Slam!!! Sounds exciting well it is.

So here is the scoop:

We have an Open Mic Poetry Reading @ Frankie's Burgers 427 Jefferson Street, Thursday, July 5th 7pm...Here is a chance for you to come out meet the team and sharpen them poetic skills you already possess and network and mingle with us.

Then come on out to the Open Poetry Slam Thursday, July 19th 7pm also @ Frankie's Burgers bring 2 original poems 3 minutes in length or less and earn a spot on the team Open Slam Style.

POET MUST BE ABLE TO TAKE OFF WORK FOR ONE WEEK AND TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM TO CHARLOTTE AUGUST 6-12.

POET MUST PAY $20 PSI MEMBERSHIP FEE AND BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING WITH POETRY SLAM INC.

POET MUST BE WILLING TO SHARE A ROOM WITH OTHER TEAM MEMBERS OR COULD RESERVE & PAY FOR THERE OWN ROOM IN CHARLOTTE.

THIS IS A INVITATION FOR YOU TO JOIN THE 2012 LAFAYETTE NATIONAL POETRY SLAM TEAM...

If you are interested in making the team & would like to reserve your spot on the list...Email us @ spokeninnovationpoets@gmail.com

Leave your real name, stage name, age & reservation with us and we would be sure to add you to our list.

We look forward to meeting you in person very soon and share with your excitement to join our National Poetry Slam Team.

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Ladies & Gentlement, Spoken Innovation Lietarary Organization president Don "Yah Fu" Mitchell was interviewed by Dominick Cross of the Independent Weekly and promoted the Poetry Slam Inc. 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam in Fayetteville, AR.

Spoken Innovation Literary Organization sponsors the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam Series in which we are rapidly approaching the 2nd slam in a five open slam series March 8 @ Frankie's Burger 427 Jefferson Street downtown Lafayette the official venue of the Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam. That will cuminate into a three day poetry slam @ Parish Ink during the 25th Annual Festival International Celebration where an expected 10,000 people from all over the world will be in downtown Lafayette.

So lets celebrate PSI for this huge accomplishment as I, Don Mitchell will try my best to encourage as many people as possible to promote Poetry Slam Inc. Sponsored events.

The link to the full page artical is http://www.theind.com/arts-a-entertainment/86-aae/9923-get-slammed-at-festival-international
Thank You My Fellow Poets


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General Discussion / Question About A Rule
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:28:15 PM »

I know the rules state that sampling is OK while in a slam to some degree.

But what if a poet gets on stage and 2+ minutes of their performance is the poet singing someone else song
Its like they sung for 2 minutes and 20 something seconds did a 30-35 second original poem.

My question is that fair?

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General Discussion / I have two simple questions
« on: May 31, 2011, 12:29:14 PM »
What is a gauntlet slam?

And what is the structure of it?

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Miami’s budding world of poetry and spoken-word performance lost a defining voice early Sunday after gunmen shot and killed local poet Will “Da Real One’’ Bell outside the North Miami cafe where he had plied his trade for years and given a venue to countless other wordsmiths.

Bell, 47, whose performances have been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, had just closed his business, the Literary Cafe and Poetry Lounge on 933 NE 125th Street, at about 12:40 a.m. and was walking to his car nearby when another car occupied by at least two men pulled up beside him, said Lt. Neal Cuevas of the North Miami Police Department.

A gunman leapt out from the passenger seat and fired multiple times at Bell, who died on the scene, Cuevas said. The men then fled in the car, but did not take any of Bell’s possessions, which included cash and jewelry.

“We don’t have a motive right now,’’ Cuevas said.

Several witnesses, who had been inside The Literary Cafe earlier that night, offered police differing descriptions of the suspects’ car color as light and dark, with a spoiler on the rear.

Bell will be missed in South Florida’s poetry and spoken-word performance scene, where he loomed as a local laureate, having achieved national recognition with performances on Def Poetry Jam and on albums by artists such as Miami’s Pit Bull, and hosting open-mic nights at his Literary Cafe and other venues.

Standing nearly 6-feet-5, Bell cast an imposing presence on stage, where he delivered prose honed from a life of poverty, fatherlessness, crime and prison — before finding redemption through words.

Shawn Elliot, a musician and poet who befriended Bell at a Miami reading in 2006, said Bell possessed a commanding stage presence and a big heart to match.

“Just his voice alone was very demanding,’’ Elliot said. “Like when he spoke, people paid attention. He just had that tone in his voice... It cut the room, and you would pay attention.’’

Bell would frequently open for lesser-known poets at local readings as a way to cultivate talent, and volunteered his time mentoring disadvantaged children, Elliot said.

Addonis Parker, a Miami poet and artist, recalled the power of Bell’s words emanated from his personal experiences that informed his poetry.

“What made him different is the element that he came out of, and what he made of his misfortunes. He turned his unfortunate events into gold,’’ Parker said. “The stuff he said, everybody was electrified every time he opened his mouth because you could relate to it.’’

Many who knew Bell where heartbroken. One fan started a Facebook fan page in his honor and by late Sunday afternoon had more than 700 members.

Public tributes for Bell were already being planned. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bell grew up in the Edison Court Projects on Northwest Third Avenue and 62nd Street, where his single mother moved the family shortly after Bell’s father left them.

In 1989, Bell was arrested for armed cocaine trafficking in his neighborhood. He was convicted, and sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Behind bars, he began writing love letters to an imaginary woman waiting for him “on the outside.’’

After showing his letters to a fellow prisoner, who encouraged his prose, Bell and the prisoner began a business ghost writing loves letters for other inmates in exchange for commissary items.

When he left prison in 1990, Bell left poetry behind. It took another decade before the muse struck Bell once again at an open mic poetry reading.

After signing up in 2001 for Lip, Tongue & Ear, a weekly, open-mic poetry competition for poets, Bell was hooked.

He won successive contests, eventually earning the title of Lip Tongue & Ear’s Poet Laureate of Miami-Dade in April 2003, a designation he held for a year.

It didn’t take long for Bell to launch a career in poetry with CDs, and performance and promotion fees. His big break came in 2004, when he performed on Def Poetry Jam.

Bell opened the Literary Cafe in summer 2003, with a vision of giving poets a place to perform their art.

Police ask that anyone with information on this crime contact the North Miami Police Department 305-891-8111 or Crimestoppers at 305-371-TIPS.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/29/2241101/popular-north-miami-poet-cafe.html#ixzz1NnN6kpld

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General Discussion / Just Wondering
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:07:04 PM »
What happen to the Top 10 Haikus that was supposed to be posted by yesterday?

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General Discussion / Paging Cassie Poe
« on: July 18, 2010, 04:34:48 PM »
I' am trying to get in touch with you...Jesster has agreed to be my proxy at the slam masters meeting during the 2010 NPS.
I have emailed you and left messages to but didn't get a response.

what must I do to make the proxy official so I can attend the 2010 IWPS in Philadelphia as a certified poetry slam.


Thank you very much
Yah Fu

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General Discussion / PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:52:07 AM »
"EVERY DAY, THINK AS YOU WAKE UP, TODAY I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE WOKEN UP, I AM ALIVE, I HAVE PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE, I AM NOT GOING TO WASTE IT, I AM GOING TO USE ALL MY ENERGIES TO DEVELOP MYSELF. TO EXPAND MY HEART OUT TO OTHERS, TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS, I AM GOING TO HAVE KIND THOUGHTS TOWARDS OTHERS, I AM NOT GOING TO GET ANGRY, OR THINK BADLY ABOUT OTHERS, I AM GOING TO BENEFIT OTHERS AS MUCH AS I CAN."


H.H. THE XIV DALAI LAMA

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I was wondering can PSI as a non-profit Organization serve as a Fiscal Agent of a Certify Venue to recieve funds from a local Arts Council through a grant to help promote and facilitate a poetry slam?Of couse if the grant is given PSI would get 10% of the funds?

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