Friends, Poets, People —
What we are doing is creating a revolution. You — poets, audience members, bartenders, and unsuspecting citizens off the street who thought you’d come in for a beer and stayed for the poetry — are the best kind of revolutionaries — the kind with heart and a great sense of humor!!! You are making us proud. You showed up again — the second night of our Saginaw Poetry Series & Slam — over 50 of you!!! You got to see 12 different poets Slam their hearts out! You got to see Jason Kahler, Justin Brouckeart and Theresa Marshall all make it to that final round of the Slam! You got to see Theresa take home the gold (or at least the basket full of random goodies)! You came for Poetry. You came for Saginaw. We adore you for it. Keep it up — our Slam is YOUR Slam and exists only for you and only because you show up. Keep showing up!!
Please check out the videos of 3/15 by clicking on the photo below. This link will take you to the entire playlist for the night on youtube.
Click on the picture to go to the entire playlist for the night on youtube
The quality of some of the videos are not the greatest. Our videographer did his best with a tiny little point-and-click camera when the real camera ran out of juice. Next month we will be better prepared!!
This month we have TWO Slams planned! The first will take place at Dawn of a New Day Cafe on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm. Dawn of a New Day Cafe is located at 210 S. Washington in Saginaw. We are still finalizing plans with our featured reader for the night but what we can promise that they will be fabulous!!
The second Slam this month will take place again at Woody O’Brien’s on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm (as usual). Our featured reader for April 19th is amazing: young, award-winning poet, Carlina Duan from Ann Arbor will be joining us!! You do not want to miss her! Here’s a sample of Carlina’s work:
We are hosting two slams in April AND in May so that we can certify and register for National Slams (and because it’s just fun and awesome) but we still need an average of 30 people at EVERY Slam! We know you are serious about putting Saginaw on the National Slam Map, Saginaw so keep showing up. We need you. Poetry Needs You!! Saginaw Needs You!!!
Also: Do not forget to attend Bay City’s Poetry/Art Walk on Thursday April 5th
and the Open Mic at Dawn of a New Day Cafe on Thursday, April 26th. Poets, especially, should be attending this Open Mic because it’s a perfect place to test out new material or perfect a performance for the next Slam. It’s also another great opportunity to learn your craft and to build your poetic community.
We know you are busy. We know you have lives beyond poetry. HOWEVER, we know you have begun to NEED Poetry in your life in a way that you can’t possibly explain & we strongly encourage you to dedicate this month to feasting on Poetry in a way you may never have before. April is National Poetry Month & this year in the Tri-City area, Poetry is Occupying April. Go with it. Give in to it. Allow yourself the luxury of a Poetry binge this month — April only comes once a year.
your SlamMaster, JodiAnn
& Scorekeeper, the MI Chuck D.
THE SAGINAW SLAM! for Poetry! for Saginaw!