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General Discussion / Re: Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson, RIP :(
« Last post by inkera on August 28, 2014, 12:03:28 PM »
My thoughts are with his family and friends. I'm thankful that I was able to spend a little time with him in Oakland. That we were able to laugh and  joke.

If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
General Discussion / Re: Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson, RIP :(
« Last post by karen_g on August 28, 2014, 10:59:19 AM »
My heart is heavy with this news. Personally, we started around the same time & Van Slam poets were some of my first friends, his face one of them. Our greetings at every event were huge. As tall and big as his reach, I'm sure he made a difference to a bunch of young writers and his span will continue.

Please keep us posted on anything in his name or anything we can do to support y'all or his family.
Condolences from me & my team,
Love & prayers.
General Discussion / Re: Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson, RIP :(
« Last post by suziqsmith on August 28, 2014, 10:57:41 AM »
My heart goes out to the Vancouver Poetry Slam community, and to all who knew and loved Zaccheus Jackson. I met him only briefly at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, and his words were moving. May he rest in peace.

Here is Zaccheus' facebook page. He was on the Vancouver team this year at NPS.
General Discussion / Re: Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson, RIP :(
« Last post by Christopher-Michael on August 28, 2014, 10:56:01 AM »
I'm so sorry to hear  about this? If he has a Fb page will you post it here? My prayers are with his family and friends.
General Discussion / Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson, RIP :(
« Last post by DaveSilverberg on August 28, 2014, 10:28:28 AM »
It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you of the passing of Zaccheus Jackson, a long-time Vancouver Poetry Slam Team member. He was 36.
Zac was struck and killed by a train in Toronto during his Southern Ontario tour. No other information is available at the time.

For those who didn't know Zac, he was a bright light in the Canadian poetry scene, a guy who was always smiling, and whose talent inspired many Canadian (and I'm assuming, American) poets. His words will never be forgotten.

I know the Vancouver poetry scene is really hurting now (if not all of Canada) so feel free to reach out to those who may be grieving and, as Zac would have preferred it, have a moment of noise for this poet who will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

RIP, buddy.
Hey all,

Just wanted to let you all know that Slam Free or Die in Manchester, NH will be holding its second annual N.U.T.S. Tournament on the weekend of Sept 26 and 27.

The event will feature a pick-up team slam on Friday night with a $1,000 cash prize, poetry writing and performance workshops during the day on Saturday, and in the evening there will be an individual slam with a $350 cash prize and an afterparty.

For information on the event, how to register a team or individual poet, rules, etc, check out:

General Discussion / Re: A Call for host cities to bid on NPS 2015 and NPS 2016
« Last post by suziqsmith on August 21, 2014, 08:36:32 PM »

NPS 2015 will be held in Newark, NJ.
NPS 2016 will be held in Atlanta, GA.

We are still accepting bids for NPS 2017 - please e-mail for more information.
General Discussion / Re: Old NPS Finals Scores
« Last post by suziqsmith on August 14, 2014, 01:12:09 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Old NPS Finals Scores
« Last post by EmilyRose on August 14, 2014, 09:33:56 AM »
We have records going back to 2010 here
General Discussion / Are you interested in hosting iWPS 2016?
« Last post by inkera on August 12, 2014, 02:05:32 PM »
***This is cross-posted in the SlamMasters Forum***

Peace and Balance_

I'm Inkera Oshun, Event Coordinator for the Individual World Poetry Slam.

This is an official call to host iWPS 2016 in your city!

If there are any interested parties who want to host iWPS 2016, please make your intention known here or via email to myself by Monday, 25 August.  My email address is:

Subject line should be: “ iWPS 2016 Host”

At that point, all interested parties will receive a vetting packet of questions and considerations regarding your potential to host the event. The turn around time for completion of the vetting packet will need to happen fairly quickly, so that the Executive Council can work to secure a host city.

Please understand that this is not a request for “I’ll do it if you need me to” bids. This is a call for cities who WANT to host 2016.  Also, you need not have the bid completed to state interest.  That’s what the vetting packet you’ll receive is for.

Anyone can bid for iWPS.  It need not be a SlamMaster or even a member of PSi.

I would love to work with you to bring iWPS 2016 to your city. I look forward to hearing from you.


Inkera Oshun
(980) 475-5564
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