Wednesday, July 25, 2012
National Poetry Slam 2012 and a new video for "Smalltalk"
After taking a year off, I'm going back to the National Poetry Slam (NPS) this August as part of the first ever united Twin Cities team. It'll be my sixth time going in five years. As part of the St. Paul team, we won twice. This is one of the strongest teams our scene has ever put together, and we'll be trying to bring a third National Poetry Slam title back to the Twin Cities. Whatever happens, I'm incredibly proud of the work we've produced this year.
On a related note, I got a grant this past year from the Minnesota State Arts Board to film a special performance and release the videos online for free. There's a BUNCH more coming (both poetry stuff and music stuff), but here's a special sneak preview, courtesy of Unique Techniques. This is my token "what it's like to be me" poem, SMALLTALK. It's one of the weirder poems I have, but it's 100% from the heart. If you're an artist, you can probably relate:
Finally, check out Button Poetry's Tumblr, which is developing into a must-have resource for people into spoken-word. Right now, it features some great videos from some of the top voices in the scene, and soon they'll be doing more in-depth analysis of spoken-word pieces.