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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
12:08 am - EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Slumberfest 2009 -- 24-hour international open mic!!!! {x-posted a bit}

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
11:56 am - Reaching Out...

Hi, I hope this post is ok here & I hope a few people will enjoy the opportunity...I am taking a chance here, I am trying to reach out to some poetic artists<3

My fiance Chris & I have an art community here. We are into the week-of now(sometimes hell week can really be hell). I have a wonderful & talenetd group of people who have been working very hard along with myself & my fiance Chris. I am a couple people short of finishing casting due to drop outs. This is making it even harder than it already is to finish; costumes, props, set, & finding poets, artists, musicians, painters, dancers:( Basically, I am in need of finding people who are passionate & great at whatever art/medium it is that they chose to use in order to express themselves.

The project is

"Women Speak Out: An Artistic Celebration of The Womens Liberation Movement"

I really just need as many passionate people. People willing to help make this thing go off. Its a beautiful concept & 10% of the shows profits will be donated to The American Cancer Society.

I thought a couple weeks ago that all our hard work, blood, sweat, & tears were for not. I randomly decided to search our event on the internet & somehow word got around about us.

NBC/Bay Are Events are advertising our show. Our little show!!? *happy tears*

This is all due to pure grassroots hardwork, no paid advertising or anything & just word of mouth. I did not want to go to myspace or craigslist or anywhere where is seems more of the really crazy, attention seeking, money hungry "artists" go. I wanted to follow through & end this like we started it. With people who'll view any money as a bonus, not a goal. Passionate people who love; theatre, life, charities, people, politics, art, & above all performing for a loveley audience<3

If you want to you can read about us here(but we need to update...just been soooo busy)


p.s. This is the link to what I randomly found:)

This is x-posted in a 1-2 other communities as well.

Thank you so much reading, you are a big part of what makes grassroots work

current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
3:41 pm - San Jose Individual Poetry Slam This Monday

The Indie Slam, San Jose's newest poetry slam will be held the 4th Monday of each month.Its statement: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Its mission, to find the one poet who will represent the city of San Jose at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) which will be held in the city of Berkeley California in October of 2009.

There will be 3 rounds 1,3 and 4 minutes with eliminations in each round. Everyone who signs up to Slam will get 1 point towards the semi-finals. First place will receive $25 plus 3 points, second place will received $15 plus 2 points and third place will receive $10 plus 1 point toward the semi-finals.

The Indie Slam which is held at MACLA, the same venue that host the San Jose Slam the second Monday of each month, is an all age slam.

This month's feature, San Jose's very own Mighty Mike McGee and R&B and Big Band recording artist Pia Jones. This months host Rap and Performance Artist, MOON.



510 S.1st
San Jose, Ca.

Doors Open 7:00
Sign-up for Slam 7:30-7:45
Show Starts at 8:00 Sharp
Show Ends at 10:00 Sharp


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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
11:48 am - Poetry Slam at Burning Man! (x-posted everywhere)


Are you or anyone in your scene attending Burning Man, the 9-day gathering celebrating radical self-expression and radical inclusion in the Nevada Desert?

If so, I shall be hosting a Poetry Slam the first Monday (the night of the Eclipse) at the Silicon Village (Silicon Valley locals camp), and I NEED poets! This is my first time attending the Burn and I'm getting my camp fees waived for doing this, so please help a virgin out!

Please contact me off-channel at werd2thenerd AT yahoo if so, or call (fur oh ate mine sex oh fur vibe mine oh).

Oh, if anyone is curious as to MY identity (considering this is my first post), I usually perform under the name of Tristissima (I have 7 others), I've been slamming in San Jose for, garsh, six and a half years, and I was on the Santa Clara University Collegiate Team 2004 and the Palo Alto Team 2005 and 2006

Thanks guys!

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Sunday, April 8th, 2007
5:21 pm - San Jose Slam Update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, my dears, long time no see. Obviously the San Jose Poetry Slam has been undergoing some serious changes. We’ve now officially moved to once a month for the slam (2nd Tuesday) and once a month for the open mic (4th Tuesday). What does this mean for you? Well, hopefully it means that you will make sure to come those two Tuesdays and make sure to tell your friends, because poets need an audience to feed off of. On our end, we are going to do our best to make these two shows incredible. Just for you!

Our next slam is this Tuesday! We are going to be featuring two of the members from the Berkeley College Team who just got back from college nationals, where, I’ve heard, they did an amazing job, and got into finals. I’m not sure what happened from there, but I’m sure they’ll fill us in on Tuesday. You will be experiencing the awesome talent of Miguel Peraza and Abe Becker. Miguel brings raw energy to the mic. When he speaks on topics of family, nation, and matters of the heart, it is delivered with a hip hop beat and naked emotional intensity. Abe Becker is a published author in the cal literary arts magazine. He came onto the slam scene and made a team after doing slam for only 2 months. If you want to see the future of slam, don’t miss this feature!

In other important slam news, we’ve schedule the San Jose Poetry Slam finals for May 11th. This, ladies and gentlemen, means it’s crunch time. As you can see by the standings (below), the eight that will be in finals is still up for grabs. This means that this, the second to last slam before finals, will be HOT. The rankings could change considerably, depending on who shows up to try to steal a spot. Most of the poets listed below have a genuine shot, so the finals line up is still very far from determined.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~Kat Dietrich

San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St . San Jose , CA
$6 at the door Every Tuesday

San Jose Standings:

Name Point Total

Bundy 17
Tristisima 13
G. Wilikers 10
Kat 8
Drew 8
Bill Peckham 7
Andrew Love 7
D. Silence 6
Verse 6
Chris Lok 4
Kyle Houston 4
Joel Valdez 3
Lynn 3
Caramel 3
veRse 3
Daniel Rollings 2
Kim Johnson 2
Khalil 2
Jennifer 2
Big Nate 2
Mac Dennis 2
Lucky 7 2
Frohawk 2
Max 2
Gerard 1
Antoine Moore 1
Charles Ellik 1
Rob Nevel 1
Paul Sawyer 1
Chris Barnes 1
Amanda 1

Open Mic 1 point
Hosting 1 point
1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
Bar Brawl (win) 2 points
Belt Battle 2 points

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Friday, March 23rd, 2007
12:26 pm - OPEN MIC: San Mateo 3/26 4-6PM

The 2nd Annual YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WEEK of San Mateo County is starting off right!

it's the KICK-OFF!

Come by.

More info on the week:
Youth Development Week On-Line

BY THE WAY, it's also a Youth press conference - youth speakers. So if any of you are part of your school newspaper, ask your teachers if you can cover the event for a future issue (and ask for extra credit!)

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
5:31 pm - San Jose Poetry Slam Update

Loves and Lovers, last Tuesday just had one of those warm fuzzy feelings. It was an almost reunion of the members of the 2006 San Jose Slam Team (minus Anthony R. Miller).

Notice all of the capitols in that last paragraph? Yeah, that is because of the power of slam! It turns regular letters into big-girl adult letters. Hey! I should write all of my updates at the bar while drunk.

Chris Bundy was our drunken host (filling in for Kyle who was feeling a bit ill), and Andi Kauth was an awesome feature. She’s so young (still a teenager), but with such talent. We all wish we could write like her when we were her age. Rebels Kamp provided background music for the open mic. A two for one deal, really—poetry AND music. Careful, or we will live up to our beatnik heritage. Next time, everyone bring black berets! (Not really. Ok, I guess; if you really want to.)

[Note from Kat Sanford: Kat D. is way more drunk than her writing thus far may seem. i.e.: There was actually a sentence about diapers, but she changed it. Yeah. Drunk.]

Speaking of Kat Sanford, guess who will be your feature this week? That’s right. Ms. Kat Sanford. Kat Sanford was raised by wolves, who, during her terrible twos, left her on the doorstep of two lovely, churchgoing people in California . She has been compared to Tom Waits, Bette Midler, Ricki Lee Jones, and Bea Arthur, in no particular order, by at least a couple of drunk and/or gay men.

Kat was on the SF/Berkeley Unified Poetry Slam Team in 2003, co-coached the Palo Alto Slam Team to 23rd in the nation in 2004, and has volunteered like mad at National events ever since. She is the authorette(!) of three chapbooks: You Were Warned, Talk With Your Eyes, and Sleeping With Bears. She also sold a CD while on tour with Ed Zeppelin in 2005, but can’t even remember what she called it.

Kat lives in Oakland with two cats, seven gerbils, two lizards, and a couple of disgruntled human beings. Someday she plans to get a house with her girlfriend, Erica, who has her heart set on owning a giraffe.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~Kat Dietrich & the San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St . San Jose , CA

$6 at the door Every Tuesday

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
4:04 pm - San Jose Slam Update

Ladies and Gents, last Tuesday’s show was crazy! Not only were our poets wonderful, as always, but the feature tag team match between Rebels Kamp (Jeremiah and Jesse Holsenkamp) and Kaiju Budha (Tristissima and Drew) was literally a knock-down drag-out fight. While it was close, Rebels Kamp held their title for the third consecutive time, but not before Kaiju Budha knocked out host Chris Bundy. You had to be there.

The slam poets had a lot to live up to. Daniel Rollings took 3rd, Bill Peckham (unofficial poet laureate of the slam) took 2nd, and Andrew Love kept his lead to take 1st place.

Next slam (tomorrow night!), we will be featuring Andi Kauth. Although she has been writing poetry since she was old enough to put complete thoughts together, Andi Kauth began her career in Slam in 2004, when she was mentored by the creator of Slam himself, Marc Smith. Since then, she has gone on to become Slam Master of the Palatine Poetry Slam, Coach of the 2005 Palatine National Poetry Slam team, and a member of the 2006 Palatine NPS team. She mentors kids in the art of spoken word, and has also been invited into high school class rooms to help introduce the writing and performing of spoken word. She has been published twice in the Celebration of Young Poets poetry anthology and has been featured in The Viking Logue and The Daily Herald.

Winning two slams at Chicago's Green Mill have been highlights in Andi's young career. Other highlights include placing 31st individually at the 2006 National Poetry Slam, and performing at different colleges and slam venues across the country on a 23 state, 40 city tour this fall. Her career is still an exciting work-in-progress, much like her upcoming chapbook. She has a CD out called "The Young(er) Years," and it’s her pride and joy.

After this year of touring, an ambition of Andi's is to go around with a representative of the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault to different high schools, performing her poetry and raising awareness of sexual violence. She is working on becoming a sort of human recyclery - turning negative energy into positive motivation.

As always, we will have poets, poetry, and beer! We look forward to seeing you again.

~San Jose Poetry Slam
Brittania Arms
173 Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA

$6 at the door Every Tuesday

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Monday, October 10th, 2005
2:41 pm

Hey eveyone, I thought you might be interetsed in this event- There's some spoken word etc.


An "X"treme (lol) Pacific Art Collective event featuring: Live music performances by PHENOMENAUTS, KUNGFU VAMPIRE, TEEZE 80's Stand up poetry, fashion shows, several DJs, live solo and collaborative painting, visual projection and museum exhibitions. Please come see us! This will be our last performance in the area for a while. Also the Pacific Arts Collective events are ALWAYS exciting to attend!

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Monday, July 4th, 2005
1:53 pm - AMPLIFIED Summer Music Festival - the Bay Area's BIGGEST Summer Event!!!
amplifiedfestiv AMPLIFIED SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Saturday, July 23rd 2005

Over 50 Bands, DJs, and Performers on 4 Massive Stages Of Sound!


FULL INFO, TICKET OUTLETS, OR BUY TICKETS ONLINE @ http://www.AmplifiedFestival.com
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
12:10 am - Open Mic, Saturday Oct. 2, Union City!

SAY, I - Will Be Heard


WHERE: Paddy's Coffee
3900 Smith St, Union City
WHEN: OCT. 2, 8-10pm
for more info

AGAIN, Please forward to others. Capacity is 80 and we want people to be educated. I have paper flyers too if you want some. We really want this to be diverse in opinions, age, face, etc. I appreciate your support in advance!

0ct. 18 deadline to register in Cali
nov. 2 election day

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
1:03 am - 2004-05 San Jose Slam Standings


Tonight's Bomb Shelter was the first night to earn points towards semi-finals/finals slots to represent San Jose at either iWPS or NPS in 2005.  We'll try to keep these posted here each week.  

Current standings:

Kyle Bowen (mentula) - 2</span>

Becky DeKeuster (bexrousse) - 2</span>

Tristissima (tristissima) - 2</span></span>

Gregg Hicks (oneblankcanvas) - 1</span></span>



current mood: hot

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Friday, July 16th, 2004
3:22 am

Embrace from thePINKcompendium

Is there a such thing as second chances
A brand new slate, opportunities to repent
Or is it just a fantasy of those who have trespassed?
I think there is a chance – a chance of starting over
For the flesh is weak, opinions run amuck
The air is filled with unspoken judgments – cut the tension with a knife
These notions have yet to be verbally articulated
Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, or English
No matter the language the message will be the same
“So sorry you messed up, but I can't give you a chance to make things right.”
Disapproving glances, the condescending shakes of your head
The sighs when asked for a second chance
Ears unheeding the pleas of those who now want to repent
Cotton balls made of ill-conceived perceptions stuff them

Please stand up
Refuse to continue to be a free actor in the play called life
Take control of your own production
Stop labeling others based on paradoxes
You throw stones, yet your own home is made of glass
I refuse to allow your button pushing to push me too close to the ledge
I know the ledge, I've stood on it a many a night,
Praying to my God for peace and simplicity
Asking for a second chance to prove my worth to the world
Use my struggles and pain to spur a change in the spirits running this planet
Perhaps everyone runs from me for the messages I bring
are wrongly interpreted as threats of the status quo
I am a revolutionary,
Planting seeds of forgiveness into the minds of the sleeping masses
Don't jump before looking, don't try to jump too high, but if you do,
Faith in the good of the world will sustain and assist you…
Fine tune your heart, your mind, your soul – don't be hesitant to give it all up
Give it all up to a second chance for someone else
Don't be ashamed of your life, stand proud and love your imperfections

current mood: awake

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004
2:30 pm - Introducing the 2004 San Jose Slam Team


It's official!

The 2004 San Jose Slam Team going to the National Poetry Slam in St. Louis this August consists of:

Mike McGee - mikemcgee
Caroline Harvey
Paradox - paradox111
Erik Sanchez
Karen Ladson - kickasphalt

 - Mike McGee previously represented San Jose at the 2001 and 2003 National Poetry Slams and is the current National Poetry Slam Individual Champion!

 - Caroline Harvey is a professional performance coach making her first trip to NPS this year.

 - Paradox was a member of the 2003 Sacramento Poetry Slam, and represented San Jose at the first-ever Individual World Poetry Slam in February 2004 where he placed 5th in the world!

 - Erik Sanchez previously represented San Jose at the 2003 National Poetry Slam in Chicago.

 - Karen Ladson was a member of the Berkeley Slam Team in 2001 and 2002 and coached the 2003 San Jose Slam Team who placed in the top twelve at NPS 2003.

Team San Jose 2004 is widely seen to be the team to beat in the Bay Area this year and has already been referred to as "one of the strongest teams NorCal has ever produced" by Charles Ellik who's uniquely qualified to express such an opinion.

Much love to all who competed in and supported the San Jose Poetry Slam this year!

current mood: giggly

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Sunday, April 4th, 2004
10:26 pm - survey

Alright, so I’m doing a small paper (only 20 pages) on the general issue of why people perform, just a basic idea, more focused towards local musicians, poets/performance artist. It’s not a book, just a term paper, and I’m looking for you people as a source of info, which is valid. So please, feel free to answer these simple 11 questions, (I don’t know lj cuts, sorry)

12 questions for performers:
1-what instrument/what genre do you perform (i.e. Acoustic/electric guitar, punk, classical,
vocals etc.)

2"What's your motivation for performing?"

3- Who are your stylistic influences"? "What
other performers have influenced your own style?"

4- When did you first perform?
5- Is your family supportive of your
performing? If not, how do you handle that?

6-do you consider yourself, shy, outgoing, or other?

7- Who are your favorite local/ mainstream performance/ performers?

8- what is more important to you- a solid performance or getting your message across?

9- What aspects of your performance are you working on right now?

10- What other events do you enjoy?
11- Do you pay any attention to the audience when you're performing? Do they affect your performance, and if so, how?

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Friday, March 19th, 2004
12:18 pm - SJ Slam Report 3/16/04 by Ms. D

Recipe for a HOT night of spoken word in San Jose: Take one festive and energetic crowd (including at least seven brand-new faces), mix in many of the most talented poets from here to Sacramento, add host Jason MF Bayani, throw in $100, stir for 3 rounds, add nine time penalties and eight perfect 10s, toss in a pinch of tie-breaker haiku, and voila!

Lured by the possibility of taking home a Benjamin, 20 poets signed up for the 12 slots tonight. After a tension-filled few minutes of random name selection, we came up with this roster for round one: Matty P., Lee Knight, Jr., Jose, Melissa Rose, Amy White, Jimmy Tran, Mush, Geoff Trenchard, Mike McGee, Krystal Ashe, Paradox, and Michael Guinn. Read those names again, folks—that’s one hell of a lineup! (And judging by the names on the sign-up list who didn’t make this week’s draw, we are up for another hot night of it next week!)

Did you notice that name, that one, that name in the middle? Yep, people, that’s right—Mike McGee arrived fresh off the plane from his two months on tour, and ready to light up the Waves stage again! Welcome back, Mike!

The first round kicked off with two sacrificials: JahSojourner performing “Grace,” and Karen Ladsen who did a crowd-walking, dynamic “Letter to my soon-to-be-former coworker.” Between the two of them, they got the judges calibrated & the crowd excited… and it was time to start round one!

Matty P. kicked things off with “They Call Me Sparky,” followed by Lee Knight, Jr. with “Cultural Chameleon,” which pulled the first perfect 10 of the night. Jose was next with a heartfelt poem about dealing with his mother’s breast cancer. Melissa Rose came to the mic for a powerful rendition of “He Wants me to Shave my Pussy,” after which Amy White read an energetic and entertaining poem about… STUFF! Next up was Jimmy Tran, who got great audience reaction with a performance about his, er, performance; mediocre penis, anyone? Mush kept the energy high with “Bag of Chips,” a recovered bulimic’s response to a lover’s thoughtless comments. Geoff Trenchard was next with his tribute to “Jason,” a social outcast who finds his voice in a youth poetry workshop. Mike McGee took the stage for “I Like You,” a new love poem featuring one of the best blue whale song imitations the scene has ever heard. (OK, perhaps it’s the only blue whale song imitation we have ever heard. Still amazing.) Krystal Ashe laid down a funny, crowd-pleasing rendition of “I Want to Imperialize You,” followed by Paradox with “Freedom’s Principles,” which offers a window into the lives of those who serve our country in the hopes that it might one day be united (another perfect 10 for this performance). Michael Guinn finished the round with “Sarah,” a poem about father-daughter incest and its repercussions; a moving and powerful performance that earned him nto one but TWO perfect 10s. As we broke, the following poets were in line for round two: Krystal, Mike McGee, Amy White, Paradox, Jimmy Tran, Geoff Trenchard, Lee Knight, Jr., and Michael Guinn. (This is in order of my recollection, not of their scores.)

After the break, Bill Peckham sorbet’ed for us with a duet of sonnets, “Spring,” about meeting his now-ex-wife, and “Summer,” written on their 15th anniversary. Erik Sanchez then sacrificed with his love poem from a bank teller to a client, and we were ready to start round two!

Michael Guinn set the bar high and established a serious tone with “I’m Sorry,” a promise to protect a woman and appreciate her for the right reasons. Lee Knight, Jr. followed this up with “Talk to Her,” a poem about the messages he hopes to pass on to his daughter. Jimmy Tran responded with “Growing Pains,” a bilingual poem about the conflicts involved in growing up Vietnamese-American. Geoff Trenchard switched the mood with a raucous, crowd-walking, chair-mounting performance of “Denny’s” (when even your fucking family won’t feed you…) which earned another perfect 10, which Mike McGee countered with a lively read of “Pudding,” followed by Amy White’s hilarious “Ode to PMS” (“Pass Me my Shotgun”? “Pack My Shit”? Yeah, girl.) The energy stayed way high—somewhere near the ceiling, in fact—as Krystal Ashe came in with “An open letter to that guy who loves crazy women,” and Paradox finished the round in style with “Gangsta Poetic” during which he crowdwalked, did two standing jumps onto a table and the stage, and left the mic flat on the stage and the audience awed; this performance earned him his second perfect 10 of the evening.

Before round three, we had three poets tied at 27 points… you know what that means… HAIKU BOUT! Jimmy Tran, Amy White, and Geoff Trenchard each threw down a haiku: Amy’s about chlamydia; Geoff about cereal for dinner again & family problems; and Jimmy about bush is gross (which Bush is that? we’ll let you decide.) It was a tough call… but in the end, the judges chose Geoff Trenchard’s piece, and so we entered round three with four poets reaching for the $100: Mike McGee, Paradox, Geoff Trenchard, and Lee Knight Jr.

MeGee opened with crowdwalking “Angel of Death,” followed by Paradox doing his new & improved “Breaking”—if you haven’t heard this version yet, get your ears on it!—that garnered him a perfect 10 but also a time penalty…. Lee Knight, Jr. responded with “American Folklore” about redemption & the first time he ever looked in the mirror and saw himself (that day the “last nigger died and arose a black man”). Another perfect 10 here… And Geoff Trenchard came back with “The Stare” about a poolroom encounter and the realizations that it brought…

And the final decision? It looked like this:

3rd place: Geoff Trenchard
2nd place: Mike McGee
1st place & $100: Lee Knight, Jr.

And the Ms. D “DAY-UMMMMM” is a tie for the night, between Paradox’s amazingly physical performance of “Gangsta Poetic” and Mike McGee’s aurally amazing blue whale call!!!

If you missed us this week, come on down next Tuesday for another installment of the $100 winner-take-all slam!

Peace & Poetry, all…
Ms. D

Upcoming Events presented by Aural Tradition at Waves:
Tuesday 3/24: $100 Slam
Tuesday 3/30: Regular two-round slam with feature TALAAM ACEY! Poets, this will be your last chance to qualify for Wild Card/Semis in San Jose—don’t miss out!
April 6: Wild Card at Waves
April 13 & 20: Semi-finals
April 27: Finals!

Upcoming Events presented by Aural Tradition elsewhere:
March 19: Verbal Flavors Open Mic at Ben & Jerry’s Mercado. Door 11 p.m., show 11:30.
April 2: WPF: Melee at MACLA. Show at 8:30. Rumor has it Michael Guinn is going to call some folks out for a bout at this show… don’t miss it!
April 9: Urban Campfires presents an evening with Meliza Banales, Mack Dennis and Joe Miller. MACLA, 8:30 pm

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
11:41 am - Ms D Checks in with the 3-2-04 San Jose Slam Report


3-2-04 San Jose Slam Report

We had quite a crowd for last night’s College Night, guest hosted by Jason Bayani and with feature Paul Lipman… In addition to several new faces in our audience tonight (welcome, Dave, Dan, Michael, and anyone I’m missing), we were also visted by two separate film crews from SJSU who got some great footage of the action!

Round One started with Bill Peckham sacrificing a piece about hope, reminding us that there is “no distance so far away as yesterday” and that we need to keep reaching out to the future. Feature Paul Lipman sacrificed second, using his chair as his stage for an energetic performance of “Potential Damnation” that roused the crowd and got the judges warmed up for what turned out to be a close first round!

Rob went up first, and despite being saddled with a nasty cold, threw down a lively read of “why I didn’t call you yesterday” that drew many chuckles from the audience. Aubrey Fischer followed with a very beautiful love poem, chock-full of nature imagery, to a lover who just doesn’t exist (damn!). Jaylee was next with a description of a very bad day and what got him through it. Krystal Ashe shared caustic observations about some of the ups & downs--well, mostly downs--of bartending that evoked ‘mmm-hms’ from Nate the bartender and everyone else in the crowd who’s ever been in the “hospitality industry.” Erik Sanchez came out with some banker’s banter aimed at a female customer. First-time slammer Michael Chang mixed it up with a vociferous political poem skewering Shrub. Matty P. quieted the mood with a piece about the death of his friend Michael, who died of AIDS in 2002. Tristissima was next with a brand-new piece about poetry as the “word made flesh.” Ms. D picked up the romance theme again, reading “Dear Trouble.” And another new face at Waves, Mike Gustie, finished the night with a poem about the formulas of poetry that we could notice if we just paid attentio

A short break later and we were back with Paul Lipman’s set. This was my first time seeing Paul perform, and I now know first-hand why he gets so many accolades and has had such a successful slam career. He laid down a funny, varied and very energetic set, starting off with his piece about suffering from the genetic disorder of “lack of ass”… the audience heard the beginning of an in-the-works Lipman parody of a Paradox poem (“I wanna be the Jew”…) and then heard a full-on parody involving his problems with his dominatrix. His performance of the first and only love poem he’s ever completed was a crowd favorite and drew not only “awwws” from the audience, but a ring of the bell from Nate the bartender. Lipman’s set was absolutely riveting—any poet who can spit references to Rimbaud & Nietzsche AND a tribute to DJ culture within five minutes is a force to be reckoned with! If you’ve seen him, you know what I mean—if you haven’t, make it a point to.

Second round sacrificial poet Paradox kept the energy high with a reading of his newish piece about the military and why those who serve our country do so. With the judges all warmed up again, Mike Gustie was back to the mic with a clever piece about not being able to remember how things all started. Ms. D read a brand new poem called “Amarillo 17” about a bar pickup gone tragically bad. Krystal Ashe was next up with “The Boundaries of Beautification,” about the renovation of Halstead St. (Chicago’s version of Castro St.) & how the city can make it look pretty but not do a thing to advance the causes of the people who live, work and hang out there. Jaylee performed “Fool’s Paradise” which finishes with a reminder that “tonight is all that matters.” And Matty P was back to the mic to wrap the round with a sobering reflection on last chances and lost opportunities.

And when the dust settled and the point were tallied, the finish looked like this:

3rd: Jaylee
2nd: Ms. D
1st: newcomer to the slam Mike Gustie of SCU!!!!

Congratulations to all the poets, and many thanks to Jason Bayani who guest hosted as well as to Chris, Aubs, & Dina for making sure the show ran smoothly. Also, special Ms. D props to first-time slammer Michael Chang, and to Dave and Dan, two newbies who both agreed to judge! See you next Tuesday!

Upcoming events:
Tuesday March 9: regular two-round slam with feature Kahlil Almustafa
Saturday March 13: WPF Melee at MACLA
Tuesday March 16 and Tuesday March 23: $100 winner-take-all slams at Waves!


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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004
10:53 am - San Jose Poetry Slam TONIGHT!

Tonight's San Jose Poetry Slam will feature Denver's Paul Lipman!!

AND ... It's college night!! So all college students get an extra $1.00 off at the door and get priority sign-up!!

Special guest host: jaybay

Full details at http://www.sanjoseslam.com

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2004
4:25 pm - New LJ Community for the SCU Poetry Slam

Anyone interested in Santa Clara University's Broncos Have Hearts Too Poetry Slam should join bhh2_scu_slam.

It may be small, but some amazing new voices, unheard anywhere else, are speaking at our events. Check it out! (Also, it will be less small -- and maybe become not-small! -- if ya'll come to check it out, hinthint :-) )

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Saturday, February 21st, 2004
10:05 pm - No Slam This Tuesday (02/24)

This Tuesday, February 24th, is the Mardi Gras celebration in downown San Jose. Last year the drunken frat boys got WAY outta hand and started smashing stuff at random. this year we all predict one of two things will happen...

1) A repeat of last year's near riot

2) An essential police state in downtown to prevent a repeat of last year.

Either way, Waves has requested that we not hold a slam this week.

We'll be back next week, March 2nd, with Denver's Paul Lipman as our feature!

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