KPS Slammaster's Blog
4Sep/102

The Kalamazoo Poetry Slam

Thursday September 9th, 8:30pm

at The Globe Theatre

Feature Poet: Seth Walker (sethwalkerpoetry.com)

with Special Guests: Conduit (conduit718.wordpress.com)

and Guest Host: Kinetic Affect (kineticaffect.com)

$3cover, 21 & up

ABOUT SETH WALKER, FROM sethwalkerpoetry.com : Seth Walker is Houston’s premiere spoken word artist. His magnetic personality and electric humanism crackle in every performance, providing audiences with an incomparably exhilarating and uplifting poetic experience. In 2007, Seth Walker entered the Houston poetry scene like thunder. Taking 1st place in the Houston Grand Slam, Seth was ranked as the top Slam Poet in Houston 2007. That same year, while on the Houston Slam Team, Seth also placed 2nd overall in Texas at the Texas Blue Bonnet Competition. In November of 2007, Seth left Houston to travel and tour across the nation full-time.

Born August 1st, 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Seth’s early life progress was measured in overflowing notebooks and a drive for excellence in education. As the sun of a preacher man, he was born to shine, but it was his mother’s voice and stage presence that later inspired him to take the stage.

His family moved to Houston, Texas where Seth fell into heavy drugs and gang violence. Surviving all he could, Seth moved to Long Beach, Mississippi in the summer of 2004 to attend college at U.S.M. on the coast and get his life together. Although he excelled, Seth would be destined to eventually return to the Lone Star state. After losing his home and nearly all his possessions to the violent winds and unforgiving waters of Hurricane Katrina, Seth returned home to Houston. He was able to overcome this tragedy and eventually use the emotional momentum from his tumultuous experiences to fuel his frenetic career and explosive imagery.

ABOUT CONDUIT: Conduit is a group of musicians and poets from Grand Rapids, founded by Thomas Gregory Bliss and Jon West.  They combine electronic music and NeoBeat Poetry into new forms.

ABOUT KINETIC AFFECT, FROM kineticaffect.com: The Kinetic Affect combines the past experiences and powerful voices of two men from different walks of life; though both at first had fiercely competed against each other on the slam stage, Gabriel Giron and KirkLatimer later joined their voices to create an entirely new spoken word poetry experience. Since then, they have performed for a variety of local, regional and national organizations and audiences, conducting youth workshops, benefit performances, and participating in kick-offs, awareness raisers, and fund-raisers

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16Aug/10131

AUGUST SLAM WINNER

OK, it's taken me a whole week to get this up and I don't even have any pictures of the show, because the show was SO DAMN GOOD I forgot to take pictures.  But here's what you need to know about the Kzoo Poetry Slam in August in case you missed it.  We had our best turnout yet.  The open-mic list was full of poets, and musicians of varying styles and ages.  There were four slammers.  Ashnee won the slam, the poetic duo of D.C. & Yolanda came in second.  After the slam Nayahtone took the stage and burned the place to the ground. . .in a most metaphorical way.

AUGUST SLAM

FIRST PLACE: ASHNEE

SECOND PLACE: DC & YOLANDA

NEXT SHOW: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9th

FEATURE POET: As soon as I know, you'll know.

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30Jul/103

NAYAHTONE Features August 11th

Slam winners get $20 and a feature at the next months slam.

Features get 1/2 the door y'all ! ! !
Nayahtone in his own words: "Poet, singer, song writer raised in Grand Rapids Michigan came to Kalamazoo in 2006 to go to WMU to study Organizational Communication. I started doing slam poetry my freshman year where I soon became one half of the poetic duo Poetik Reflextions. after the other half (Mic. J Write) left after graduation I went on developing myself as a writer. My inspiration is Life and the lives of other my pieces usually always are told like a story. I really want people to come to my show and have a blast. Expect to laugh and expect t think but mostly to laugh."

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11Jul/1012

JULY SLAM WINNER NAY-A-TONE

We had a few more folks at the July slam than we had at the June slam.  That's an encouraging sign. There were only three people who signed up to slam, but they were three of the most talented young poets I've seen in years.  Fable, Christina and Nathan (aka Nay-a-tone).  Ashnee did a wonderful job with her first slam feature; I totally knew she would.  I really hope this new incarnation of the Kzoo Poetry Slam takes off.  I'd love the opportunity to send some of my new friends to compete in a national slam someday.

Fable & Nathan

Fable (left) congratulates 1st place Nayatone (right) on a slam well won.

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23Jun/104

ASHNEE YOUNG Features July 7th

My name is Ashnee Vonet' Young. I am a senior at Western Michigan University double majoring in Advertising & Promotion and Spanish. I've been performing spoken word for a little under a year and writing on and off for about 8 years. This might sound odd, but I don't consider myself a poet (insert lol and smiley face), I simply write what I feel, when I feel it, how I feel it, which probably explains why my poems are so "raw". I love to express myself, be it through song or dance, speech or dress; I add color to every atmosphere I'm a part of. I think that prejudice stems from fear of the unknown or  fear of difference, and I try not to be prejudice against life. Everyday I encourage myself do something that makes me uncomfortable, and hopefully one day I'll be immune to situational discomfort.  I strongly believe that the best feeling in the world is to HEAR  and be HEARD. When the contents of someone elses heart pour out of their mouth, into your ear canal, past your mind, and straight to your heart you've really HEARD them. When I speak, I hope you hear me."  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ARTICLE ABOUT ASHNEE IN THE KZOO GAZETTE.

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4Jun/100

JUNE SLAM WINNER: PREACHER C.

Had a great time at the first Kzoo Slam at The Globe on Wednesday.  Eight open-mic sign-ups, five slammers and of course Kinetic Affect.  Both audience and staff were gracious and enthusiastic,  couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere for performance poetry.  Hope to see more folks on July 7th to help the slam grow.

June's Slam Winner Cornelius Shaw (aka Preacher C.)

2nd Place: Greg Bliss

Snagged Preacher C's pic from FB.  Thanks to Suzan for sending the other snapshots; I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures.

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4May/104

VERSIZ in Kzoo May 6th

VERSIZ will perform at the Kzoo Slam this Thursday May 6th, here's a little taste. . .

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4Apr/100

AZIZI UNDEFEATED

This blog is for sharing information and honest dialog with the community of poets and patrons that the Kzoo Poetry Slam is attempting to serve, so I’d be liar if I said that the slam on Thursday was everything I’d hoped for.  Attendance was low, and that’s always disappointing, but not entirely unexpected on a holiday weekend when the weather is unseasonably awesome.  So, long story short. . . I totally understand and forgive you (YES, YOU) for missing the show last week.  Some of the folks who did make it out: Eric, Nikki, Nathan, Kirk, Brishen, Azizi, Dave, Dale, and forgive me if I forgot your name, all threw down some damn fine poetry and song.  Dale played a mean guitar (FYI- the Kzoo Slam open-mic welcomes all types of performance art.) and our feature poet, LOGIC, “forget-about-it”- the man spit fire from his soul ! !  I am inspired and renewed by poetry, exponentially so the more folks I’m able to share the experience with.  The next Kzoo Poetry Slam is on May 6th, if you come, you will not be disappointed.

Oh yeah- Azizi beat Nathan in the second round by 0.2pts.  That’s his 3rd win; I’m sure glad he’s on our team for the upcoming Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

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25Mar/103

LOGIC Features April 1st

Joseph Harris (aka LOGIC) is a poet and historian, who uses his knowledge of both, combined with an imposing stage presence to inspire and challenge audiences everywhere he goes. LOGIC has been a force to reckon with on the Ann Arbor slam scene for several years now.  Many times he has represented that city at both the National Poetry Slam and the World Poetry Slam.  He currently resides in Lansing, and is one of the key organizers of the 2010 RustBelt Regional Poetry Slam happening April 16-18th. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=150035719855

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6Mar/105

FIRSTIES

Back in my student days I learned that the best way to avoid the anxiety of public speaking was to volunteer to go first, to jump right in before the panic could take hold.  On those rare occasions when I slam (YES, I have slammed, and NO, I don’t like it. Love the players- hate the game.) I always volunteer to perform in the first round.  So when Gabe and Kirk said they wanted to move the Kzoo Slam from Saturday to Thursday, I was all about it.  Being the kickoff event for three nights of kick-ass poetry and spoken word seems perfect to me.  Now I can sit back and relax on Friday and Saturday and just enjoy the show.  I love firsties !!

By the way, we had a fine turnout for our first solo slam on Thursday night, but there were still a few seats left unfilled- you know who you are.  There was a good mix of old friends and new faces.  Two extra virgin poets, that means folks who had never read their poetry in public before.  And another Kzoo Slam first, our top two poets in the first round: Philip and Brishen Miller; round two was a father vs. son slam off. 

Sorry Dad, you got served.

1st place Brishen Miller 29.9

2nd place Philip Miller 29.0

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