They survived the slamming shut of the Electric Lounge and the unceremonious bouncing from the Red Eyed Fly and have still kept emoting. '99 Slam Teamers Phil West, Karina McGlynn, Mike Henry, and Vicky Charleston, along with their many slammin' compadres, take their art seriously, and have a string of impressive national placings over the years to show for it. A bit like the bastard stepchildren of theatre and literature mixed together, the spoken word "trend" has proven that it has the legs to stick around as a viable performance genre. Our local group even hosted the National Slam here in Austin last year. Bless their dirty little mouths.
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