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General Discussion / NUPIC 2014 REGISTRATION BEGINS NOW!!!!!
« Last post by Harlym 125 on June 23, 2014, 01:53:05 PM »
NUPIC V 2014

If you want in for the 6th Annual National Poetry Individual Poetry Competition (NUPIC), get your guts and skills right and email with your name, city and state you represent/team as well and a reliable number for me to text NUPIC information too. This event takes place at our Nationals, (which are in OAKLAND this year) but right after the Group Piece Finals.  There are 16 spots. It costs $125 to compete and ALL OF THE MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THE WINNER. NO ONE ELSE GETS PAID ANYTHING. THAT INCLUDES ME. I TAKE NOTHING OFF THE TOP, but do accept gratuity from the champ! That makes the pot substantial. By now, you all should know this is ours and we do this for our poetry fam.  No judges, just noise. No amplification, just voice. 3 minute time limit and me, Harlym 125 is your host. NUPIC......WE ARE THE RUMBLES BENEATH THE GROUND OF POETRY.

Will you be the NUPIC 2014 CHAMPION ?

Unless our community suggest otherwise, this event will continue to reign as simply an incredible moment in Poetic-Art history!  Understand this event is not sanctioned by PSI, nor in contest with PSI, but is open to PSI Members Only.

The night for this competition will be Friday, August 08, 2014. The location and time of this competition will be undisclosed until the night of the event. Text messages identifying the time and location will be sent to an individual competitor or contact person for each team entering a poet to compete. The alternative to a text message will be direct contact from me, and word of mouth. If your team plans to enter a poet into the competition please email or contact me.  There will only be 16 spots.  I will accept entries up to the night of August 08, 2014.  In the event of a full list there will be a waiting list up to 8.  Once the list goes beyond 8, there will be a lottery to compete, which will take place on the spot at the time and location of the event.  This is unlike slam as many of you have known it and I dare you to not fall in love with its beauty and majesty-we made it the BEAST NUPIC has become. This event is bigger than any one of us, which is why it lives within us as a community. I am the maestro for this and depend on my hopefully honorable reputation amongst you all to make this happen with more unstoppable & phenomenal love than previous years…..


Here are the rules to the 
National Underground Poetry Individual Competition 2014 

1. Any 2014 registered PSI member (volunteers qualify as well) or team can send a poet from their team to compete.
2. Each competitor/team has to "put up" $125 for their poet to enter the competition (all collected money goes to the winning poet-every cent)
3. Head to head slams (one loss and you're out) until a winner is pronounced
4. No Judges, just the crowd in attendance making the "call" based on applause, etc.
5. Winner takes all (3 minute time limit enforced). There is no second or third place.
*. I'm the host

For the people thinking they are the "shit", put your money where your mouth is; while all other nominated entrants have fun, your team at the least believes in you.  Its June and you/each team has until August 16 to get your money "right", unless the list fills, in which case you run the risk of being on the waiting list or in the possible lottery.  Being on the waiting list means in the event a spot opens up, entrants will be selected from the list compiled in numerical order by order of entry onto the list. Every penny collected goes to the winning poet. No one is paying me, nor am I taking a percentage.  To further the point I have no hidden agenda, but I simply missed the energy of the Indy's Competition at Nationals and wanted to bring it back with a twist. It was all love for the last 5 years, and by popular demand “it’s on” again….FOR A SIXTH YEAR. LET’S MAKE SOME MORE MAGIC BABY!

*There is only one entrant with a pass into this competition and that is the President of PSI. And this honor is out of respect for the Presidency and the "honor" of Slam, as our President is the face and representative of the values of Slam. This event is annual and an invitation will always be extended to the PSI President.
(Thanks again Mr. PSI President: for he has given his support and “blessing”, but has humbly declined to compete.  This means all 16 slots are available this year and the pot increases by $125.  Being our President is not easy, thanks for taking on the journey baby.)

No cameras. Just cell phones, “tweets”, and “You Tube” possibilities.  This is our continuation of a something great...............

Email all info to or call (781) 726-0019
Required information includes the competitors name (pen name is fine), State/Team being represented and a reliable number to contact or text on the night of the competition. ALL COMPETITORS WILL BE UNKNOWN UNTIL THE NIGHT OF THE COMPETITION.

Let’s go fam!!!!!!!!!!!!


NUPIC…..we are the rumbles beneath the ground of poetry. 6 years in living poetry.   
Haaaaaa! That's energy baby! ;D
There are two epicenters for particle physics research in the world. One is the Large Hadron Colider in France. The other is in the [1/!] key on Harlym 125's computer. If we ever unlock the mysteries of the universe, the smart money is on 125.
General Discussion / Music Collaboration Opportunity!!
« Last post by mozartzhao on June 20, 2014, 02:08:51 AM »


1) Expand the subjects of concert("classical") music with texts that directly engage with modern society.

2) Enrich the concert song repetoire with texts from contemporary poets/writers.

3) Promote collaboration between classically trained musicians and young poets/writers.

Dear poets and writers,
My name is Mo Zhao and I will be a senior at Boston University in fall 2014. I am a music composition major, and I have been commissioned by BU College of Fine Arts voice professor Phyllis Hoffman to write a piece for her student. For this set of short songs, I am calling for few original texts written by young poets and writers (under 35 years old). The texts should have a contemporary edge—slam poems are good examples; other styles/genres such as prose and rhymed verses are equally welcomed. If chosen, I will set the texts to music (soprano and piano), and with supervision from Prof. Hoffman, the soprano will perform the piece as part of her solo recital in Boston University College of Fine Arts in spring 2015 or 2016. This will be an exciting collaboration for everyone involved and I am eager to review your works!
Below are the guidelines for this project:

1) The text must be an original work.

2) The deadline for the submission is June 30th, 2014. Early submission is encouraged.

3) The maximum length for the text is 120 words. There is no minimum length.

4) You may submit multiple texts if each individual texts are 120 words or less.

5) You may attach a short biography and resume with the submission, but this is not required.

6) The results will be notified by July 30th, 2014.

7) Texts not chosen for this particular project may still be considered for future collaborations; you will receive a notification in this case.

Please attach your text(s) in word or PDF format and email to by June 30th.
Thank you! I look forward to receiving your works!

Mo Zhao
NUPIC has received the blessings of our Poetry Slam Inc. President and we will now continue to move forward. He has humbly chosen to not compete, and thus there will be 16 spots. LETZ GET-GET-GET IT! You should already know the buzz is sick for NUPIC this year-moreso than in the insane past years! My poetry fan, look out for the love as we bring this NUPIC magic once again.  From the heart is where we start with this art. Registration will begin very soon.

NUPIC 2014.....we are the rumbles beneath the ground of poetry. ;D
can you feel the energy already!!!!!!!! ;D
General Discussion / Re: NPS 2014 MCs and Bout Managers!
« Last post by karen_g on June 09, 2014, 10:54:24 AM »
I'd be happy to be the EC member who observes scoring committee.
General Discussion / NPS 2014 MCs and Bout Managers!
« Last post by edaniel on June 07, 2014, 06:38:30 AM »
NPS 2014 is only a few short months away. It's in Oakland, CA on August 5 - 9, and represents the first time we have been able to go to the west coast since we were all babies.

So if you are thinking of going, but not competing, I'd love to have you come and experience the exquisite stress that is volunteering to run bouts. No need to decide this minute, I can wait until you lose your qualifier because of some clearly terrible and drunk judges.

When you are ready - click this internet hyperlink - add yourself to the list. Once you do, I'll send you some more information periodically as NPS draws near.

Thank you.
-Erik Daniel

Official NPS Site:
General Discussion / Registration Help: No $400 option
« Last post by puroshaggy on May 31, 2014, 04:08:21 PM »
I have already paid the $100 down payment for NPS but there is no option for the $400 remainder.  It is May 31st and I am meeting the deadline but unable to pay.

General Discussion / Re: On my #SuitandTieTour Again
« Last post by elizag on May 29, 2014, 09:33:10 AM »
Hi Lakey - I was down at PURO after WOWps this year. Love that slam! (and the cheetos). If you will be near Albany NY 9/2 we are looking for a feature then. Later dates too (1st Tuesday of ea month, some taken). We sure can find a couch and $100 and will do what we can to promote your art. let me know here or
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