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2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best women poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, visit the FAQ.

When: Wednesday March 9 – Saturday March 12, 2016
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Registration Fee: $ 150.00
Registration timeline:

Monday, December 14: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified and Registered Venues and the Previous Year’s Champion, should they decide to return and defend their title.*
Friday, January 1: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified venue).
Friday, January 15: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

Registration Details:

Each participant receives a complimentary all-event pass and other perks of participation.

Competition at WOWPS is limited to poets who live their lives as women. Qualified poets include female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ years of age, including gender non-conforming individuals.  All competing poets must be over 18 and individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc. If you are not yet a member become one now. If you are already a member please login to submit your application.  Please note, the application to enter the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition does not guarantee a spot in the tournament.

Up to 96 poets may compete at WOWPS. The first 72 slots are reserved for representatives of PSi-Certified Venues, followed by representatives of PSi-Registered Venues. PSi-Certified and PSi-Registered Venues must submit WOWPS applications before registration opens to Storm Poets on January 1 in order to receive one of these 72 slots.

Storm poets will be selected using the following method:

1. Last Chance Slam Winner (The Last Chance Slam takes place on Wednesday, March 9 at WOWps)

2. Champion from previous year (If this poet has not registered by the last day of venue registration, this slot become part of the random draw slots)

3. 5 slots shall be reserved for poets from outside the United States and Canada on a first come, first served basis (If these slots are not filled by the last day of venue registration, these slots become part of the random draw slots)

4. Remaining slots shall be filled by random draw (Random draw shall occur no more than 3 days after registration closes.)

*Certified venues have the first right to register, and as many as 72 certified venues can register their rep before the registration opens up to storm poets. Should more than 72 certified venues register a representative, the first 72 will be guaranteed spots, and the remaining certified venues will be considered with the “Storm” poets and registered venues. Once registration opens up for storm poets, the storm poets, the registered venues, and the certified venue reps that came in after the venue deadline are entered into the draw for spots. If more people register than there are available spots, the spots are awarded by random draw, which will be conducted the weekend after registration closes.

To find a certified poetry slam venue near you visit PSi’s Slam List.
For more information visit the official site wowps2016.com.
General inquiries about the WOWps event can be submitted here: http://wowps2016.com/wowps-bk/contact/
For questions about competing or participating in WOWps email executivedirector@poetryslam.com.

 

There will be one spot reserved for the winner of the Brenda Moossy Video Slam!  Details about that can be found here

Emi Mahmoud

Congratulations to Emi Mahmoud, our Individual World Poetry Slam Champion!

A poet and activist originating from the war-town region of Darfur, Emi Mahmoud is the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion of 2015—the number one poet in the world this year. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies Anthropology and Molecular Biology at Yale in the hopes of one day alleviating structural disparities on maternal and child health in disadvantaged communities the world over. Outside of academics, Emi is involved in the Yale Refugee Project, contributes to an international research initiative, and teaches spoken word poetry on campus and through ConnCAT in order to empower youth with the power of voice in various communities. In recent years, Emi has participated in and co-coached the Yale CUPSI slam team. As a child and adolescent, Emi was a public speaker presenting poetry across the country as part of the Darfur Alert Coalition and raising awareness and aid to address the often blood-relative victims of genocide in Darfur, her homeland. A member of the Loser Slam NPS 2015 National team and 2015 World Champion, Emi has and continues to collaborate with various artists in an attempt to use poetry and other art forms to celebrate the full extent of human expression.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/04/darfur-poet-triumphs-in-international-poetry-slam

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/11/02/yale-senior-wins-world-poetry-slam/

 

2015 Individual World Poetry Slam

The Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) is a four day poetry festival, bringing together 72 of the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world, to compete for the championship title. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Individual World Poetry Slam, visit the PSi website.

When: October 8 – October 10, 2015

Where: Washington, D.C.

Get more festival information at the official site iwps.poetryslam.com.

General questions about the iWPS event? Email: info@iwps.poetryslam.com

Questions about competing or participating in iWPS? Contact executivedirector@poetryslam.com.

Registration timeline
Monday, August 17, 2015: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues and PSi-Registered Venues. (NOTE: Priority will be given to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues.)

Friday, September 4, 2015: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified or PSi-Registered venue)

Friday, September 18, 2015: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

More:
There will be a “last chance” slam on October 7, 2015, and the winner will be guaranteed a spot in the iWPS competition – more details will be announced soon. All competitors must be individual members of PSi and must pre-register and pay the $150 registration fee. Registration first opens to PSi-certified venues, followed by PSi-registered venues and unaffiliated or “storm” poets. Venues are independently responsible for their certification and poet selection process, and for registering with Poetry Slam, Inc. by the deadline. Slammasters from PSi-certified or PSi-registered venues must be present or send a proxy to the August slammaster’s meeting in order for their venue to send a representative to iWPS.

Official Site
Number of Competitors: 72
Tournament Dates: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 to Saturday, October 10, 2015
Registration Price: $150USD
Terms and conditions: Cancellation deadline for iWPS: 45+ days out =100% refund, 30+ days out = 50% refund, 29 days out =0% refund of tournament fees but not memberships dues.

Registration count: 72

House Slam NPS 2015

Congratulations to House Slam, our newest National Poetry Slam Champions!

Congratulations to House Slam, our newest National Poetry Slam Champions!

Boston’s Newest Poetry Slam Wins National Championship.  Dudley Square’s House Slam becomes the first venue in history to simultaneously hold the country’s three major slam titles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2015 — The House Slam from Roxbury, Mass., isn’t just the newest poetry slam venue on the block; it’s also the most decorated. The venue’s five-poet slam team— Porsha Olayiwola, Jana’e Johnson, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Jonathan Mendoza, and Erich Haygun— took home the title of National Poetry Slam Champions on Saturday night.

The House Slam was founded in 2014 by Chicago transplant Porsha Olayiwola and Oakland native Jana’e Johnson. Created on the premise of “safe space,” a welcoming yet uncensored environment for artists to dialogue and grow, the House Slam enjoyed almost immediate sell-out crowds at home in the tiny Haley House Bakery Café in Dudley Square. With one slam champion already in the venue— Olayiwola was crowned the Individual World Poetry Slam Champion in October of 2014— it wasn’t long before the whole slam nation had heard of the little slam that could; Johnson took the movement’s newest sanctioned title home in March when she became the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. That left just one nationwide title left unearned, so the venue set their sights on winning the 72-team 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, Calif.

The first-ever House Slam team was selected in April from an unsurprisingly large pool of eager local slam winners. Olayiwola and Johnson made their own team handily, and were joined by longtime New England slammer Erich Haygun and collegiate-fresh Nationals rookies Jonathan Mendoza and Melissa Lozada-Oliva. Like many teams across the country, they spent the summer workshopping, writing and preparing performance for solo and group poems, preparing for the weeklong competition.

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the team took the stage for the first time at the National Poetry Slam at the Flight Deck in Oakland; their landslide victory over San Diego’s Elevated! slam, the Rain City Slam from Seattle and the Portland, Oregon Poetry Slam put the team in position for a top berth in the competition. Their second bout on Thursday at the Awaken Café
cemented the team’s spot in the twenty-team semi-finals with a win over Colorado Springs’ Hear Here slam, Lethal Poetry from Chicago and the Salt City Slam from Utah. Then, on Friday, the team took a decisive victory in the must-win five-team format of semi-finals at Venue, soundly defeating a randomly drawn all-northeastern field of teams from Philadelphia, Hartford, New York City, and Providence and earning a spot in the coveted four-team Finals.

On Saturday, August 15, the poetry slam community was already abuzz with the news that a first-year venue had pulled together a Finals-worthy team, including the realization that a win for the venue would mean they’d capture all three national slam titles for the first time in poetry slam history. That night, the team took the stage at the Scottish Rite Theater against powerhouses from Hawaii, Berkeley, and Denver; with the Finals-seasoned Olayiwola opening up for the team, a four-person group piece (“Grind,” on the tribulations and joys of dance) in the second round, Johnson’s strong solo work in the third round, and Nationals first-timer Melissa Lozada-Oliva bringing the fourth round to an explosive close, House’s opponents never had a chance.

So what’s next for the team with all the wins in the game? Boston might not be throwing a tickertape parade for the latest city champions, but the team will come back to a rollicking welcome from every slam fan in New England. They’ll be flaunting their new hardware at the House Slam at the Haley House Bakery Café on Friday, August 28, 2015, which includes an open mic and a qualifying poetry slam for the 2016 team tryouts. Expect a full House— and home— indeed.

About the National Poetry Slam
The National Poetry Slam is the biggest team poetry slam in the world. Held every year since 1990, it is the definitive showcase for competitive performance poetry. Teams of the best poets from around the country come to compete for the national championship over five nights of competition. This year, the 26th annual National Poetry Slam was held in Oakland, Calif.; the 2016 event will land in Decateur, Ga. For more information, visit http://nationalpoetryslam.com, follow NPS on Twitter @nationalslam, or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalPoetrySlam.

About The House Slam
The House Slam at the Haley House Bakery Café is New England’s newest slam poetry venue. Founded in 2014 by Porsha Olayiwola and Jana’e Johnson on the premise of safe and welcoming space, the event runs on second and fourth Fridays in the heart of Dudley Square, 12 Dade Street in Roxbury. The show beings promptly at 7:45 with an open mic, followed by a fierce and talented headlining poet, then an open poetry slam. For more information, visit http://www.houseslamboston.org or email the founders at houseslamboston@gmail.com.

2016 National Poetry Slam

8/1/2016 to 8/6/2016

This is the application for all teams wishing to compete in the 2015 National Poetry Slam.

The National Poetry Slam (NPS) is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, will converge in Decatur, Georgia August 1 – 6, 2016 for a week of poetry, revelry and competition.

*In order to apply, you must be a PSi Certified or Registered team. A $100 deposit can be paid now and the remaining balance must be paid by June 1st or your team will be replaced by a paid-in-full venue. Teams will be admitted to NPS based on their Win and You’re In rankings and your attendance/representation at the Spring SlamMaster meeting.

Certified venues may apply now.

Registered venues will be allowed to apply for NPS on May 4th. (You may pay now, but your name goes onto a waiting list until May 4th).

Baseline registration is $425, which guarantees four (4) passes. Each additional pass is an additional $75, up to seven (7) passes. Thus, registration fees are as follows:

4 passes – $425
5 passes – $500
6 passes – $575
7 passes – $650

General Registration Open:
04/05/2015 – 10:00pm

Registration Closes:
05/31/2015 – 10:01pm

Registration Price:
$425.00

2015 WOWps

Congratulations to Janae Johnson, winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam 2015!

Poetry Slam, Inc. would like to congratulate Janae Johnson of Boston, MA, as the newly crowned Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion!!

We would also like to congratulate all of our incredible finalists:

Roya Marsh, Desiree Dallagiacomo, Mercedez Holtry, FreeQuency, Samira Obeid, Taylor Steele, Confidence Omenai, Kwene, Miss Haze, Samantha Peterson, and Angelique Palmer!!!!

We also offer our thanks and congratulations to the incredible Host City team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as to every single poet, volunteer, sponsor, poetry fan, and supporter who cheered us on.

We made an amazing week of poetry together, and we are so excited to do it all over again!!!!

Announcing the 2015 Brenda Moossy Online Video Slam

The winner of this online slam will receive free registration for the 2015
Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Here are the rules:

  1. All entrants must be at least 18 and live their lives as women. Poets who are currently on the waitlist for WOWPS may enter, but those who are already on the roster of competing poets may not.
  2. Videos must be of the poet performing one of her original poems and must be no longer than 3 minutes 10 seconds.
  3. Entrants should use the submission page to submit their videos by February 1, 2015. Voting will end on February 12.
  4. All video entries will be displayed on the website. Entrants and supporters are more than welcome to link to the entries and encourage people to vote.
  5. Anyone may vote once for their favorite poem.

Any questions? Feel free to e-mail any questions to executivedirector@poetryslam.com..

In honor of Brenda Moossy

Brenda J. Moossy, a first generation American of Lebanese descent, was born and raised in East Texas during the ’50s and ’60s. She fled her small town after high school graduation to Austin, Texas during The Summer of Love, 1967. After flunking out of the University of Texas three times (the streets were far more interesting than the classrooms), and after deciding that The Revolution or Global Destruction was imminent, she packed her gear in the back of an old Econoline Van and headed for the Ozark Mountains. When a stint at the Blunderosa Commune proved weirder than she could bear, she reluctantly moved to “town.”

She lived most of her adult life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she decided to “git serious” and go back to school. She became a nurse specializing in HIV disease. She felt her work impacted her world view and her writing. She was a founding and active member of the Ozark Poetry Collective, which has grown to become the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective.

Brenda had four limited edition chapbooks and in early 2009 co-produced an audio entitled Ozark Women Poets – Snake Dreams. She published in small literary journals, gave numerous public readings including appearances at the Cantab Lounge in Boston, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and The Knitting Factory in New York City, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, and Cody’s Books Poetry Flash Reading Series in Berkeley. A member of the Ozarks Team to the 1995 National Poetry Slam, she also conducted classes and workshops on the craft of poetry to young writers in the Arkansas and New Jersey schools. She was the proud parent of one child, Peter, who is also a poet.

January 21, 1949 – January 29, 2009

2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 72 of the best women poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, visit the FAQ.

When: Wednesday March 18 – Saturday March 21, 2015
Where: Albuquerque, NM

Get more festival information at the official site: wow.poetryslam.com

General questions about the WOWPS event? Email: abqwow2015@gmail.com

Questions about competing or participating in WOWPS? Email: executivedirector@poetryslam.com

Competition at WOWPS is limited to poets who live their lives as women. All competing poets must be individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc.

Registration timeline:

Monday, December 8: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified and Registered Venues and the Previous Year’s Champion, should they decide to return and defend their title.*

Friday, January 2: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified venue).

Friday, January 16: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

Competition at WOWPS is limited to poets who live their lives as women. All competing poets must be individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc.

Individual Registration Fee: $ 150.00

Registration timeline:

Monday, December 8: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues and PSi-Registered Venues. (NOTE: Priority will be given to representatives of PSi-Certified Venues.)

Friday, January 2: Registration opens to Storm Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified or PSi-Registered venue)

Friday, January 16: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

This is an application to enter the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition in Albuquerque, NM, March 18 -21, 2015. This application does not guarantee a spot in the tournament. Poets must be over 18 and individual members of PSi to compete.

Registration fee: $150.00

Each participant also receives a complimentary all-event pass and other perks of participation.

Up to 72 poets may compete at WOWPS. The first 60 slots are reserved for representatives of PSi-Certified Venues, followed by representatives of PSi-Registered Venues. Note: PSi-Certified and PSi-Registered Venues must submit WOWPS applications before registration opens to Storm Poets on January 2nd in order to receive one of these 60 slots.

Storm poets will be selected using the following method:

1. Last Chance Slam Winner (The Last Chance Slam takes place on Wednesday, March 18 at WOWPS)

2. Champion from previous year (If this poet has not registered by the last day of venue registration, this slot become part of the random draw slots)

3. 5 slots shall be reserved for poets from outside the United States and Canada on a first come, first served basis (If these slots are not filled by the last day of venue registration, these slots become part of the random draw slots)

4. 5 slots shall be filled by random draw (Random draw shall occur no more than 3 days after registration closes.)

*Certified venues have the first right to register, and as many as 60 certified venues can register their rep before the registration opens up to storm poets. Should more than 60 certified venues register a representative, the first 60 will be guaranteed spots, and the remaining certified venues will be considered with the “Storm” poets and registered venues. Once registration opens up for storm poets, the storm poets, the registered venues, and the certified venue reps that came in after the venue deadline are entered into the draw for spots. When we have more people register than we have available spots, the spots are awarded by random draw, which will be conducted the weekend after registration closes.

To find a certified poetry slam venue near you, visit PSi’s Slam Map.

Congratulations to Porsha O, winner of the Individual World Poetry Slam 2014!!!!

Poetry Slam, Inc. would like to congratulate Porsha O of Boston’s Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam as the newly crowned Individual World Poetry Slam Champion!!

We would also like to congratulate Danez Smith, Desiree Dallagiacomo, and Hanif Abdurraqib for making it all the way to the final round!

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the Host City team in Phoenix, as well as to all of the poets, volunteers, members, and supporters who cheered us on. We could not do this without you!