Thursday, July 11, 2013

Support Spokane Poetry Slam at Auntie's before they head to nationals

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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Five of Spokane’s best poets are heading east to compete at the National Poetry Slam in Boston in mid-August. In order for our talent to get there, a fundraiser and showcase will be held at Auntie’s Bookstore tomorrow at 7 pm. Spokane Poetry Slam is one of more than 70 teams from the U.S and Canada competing this year. The finalists will show off their stuff, giving us a sneak peak of what they’re bringing to Boston, and a percentage of all sales at Auntie’s will be donated to the team. 

So, what exactly is slam poetry? Slam poetry is spoken-word performances of original poetry that can sometimes closer resemble a rap battle than a recitation of a traditional sonnet. Contestants usually get 3 minutes to woo judges who are randomly picked from the audience.

The Slam New Orleans team won last year’s National Poetry Slam competition with “Mama Ain’t Seen.”

 


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