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Austin Poetry Slam
Mike Henry bid adieu to the slam he hosted for 15 years
Arts Story  December 31, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The first decade of this millennium is coming to an end. Mike Henry knows that as well as you do, but you didn't spend that decade (and the half-decade before it) running the Austin Poetry Slam..."

The National Poetry Slam
Aug. 9-12 in Austin
Arts Story  August 4, 2006
"...This city last hosted the National Poetry Slam in 1998, to great acclaim. Since then, the sport of spoken word has grown, and so has its big dance..."

National Poetry Slam Results
Books Story  August 18, 2006
"...In its debut National Poetry Slam, Austin's own Team NeoSoul/SouthFlavas (profiled as part of our preview) finished second out of 73 teams, sealing its run during the finals at the Palmer Auditorium (the NPS took place in Austin for the first time since 1998; it will return in 2007). Team Denver emerged as champion – after eliminating Austin's other representative, Team Ego's, in the semifinals – while Seattle's Anis Mojgani won his second consecutive individual crown..."

National Poetry Slam Opening Bout Schedule
Arts Story  August 3, 2007
"...5 Manchester Oklahoma City Austin - NeoSoul Tucson St. Louis Honolulu Milwaukee New York - Urbana San Antonio Fayetteville Ann Arbor Baltimore Lincoln Austin - Ego’s Boise Palatine Dallas - Poetry Grind Corpus Christi Chicago - Green Mill Miami Randall Providence Vancouver Denver - SlamNuba Fort Worth 9pm BOUT NO..."

State of the Slam
The 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team barely missed making the finals of the recent National Poetry Slam in Chicago, but after the trials and tribulations of the past few months (which continue into the present), the team was just happy to be there.
Books Story  September 3, 1999, by Christopher Gray
"...Nine-tenths of a point. That's how much the 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team missed advancing to the finals of the National Poetry Slam (NPS) August 11-14 in Chicago..."

Slam It All On The Stage
Poetry comes alive at Austin Poetry Slam!
DAILY Chron Events  January 30, 2014, by Josette Chen
"...Austin Poetry Slam is a weekly event held every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom. Poetry slams structure like sports tournaments..."

Slam Sisters
The Women of the World Poetry Slam brings Austin a spoken-word contest that's about more than scores
Arts Story  March 21, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Every slam poet has a conversion story. For Lacey Roop, it all started with an open-mic poetry night at the Hideout Coffeehouse, where she was studying for a macroeconomics exam..."

April Is National Poetry Month
And there are plenty of ways to celebrate
DAILY Books  April 1, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• Just last week, we wrote about Anis Mojgani, whose Songs From Under the River hit shelves recently. Mojgani, 35, is a slam poet, which is an artform that truly needs to be seen..."

Five Recommended Arts Events in Austin This Weekend
In which your local cultural FOMO is subdued via this handy listicle
DAILY Arts  April 6, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...2) This weekend’s also the 26th annual Austin International Poetry Festival, so take care lest you trip over some vers-libre bard holding forth with a fistful of chapbooks outside a coffee shop somewhere, but also consider making plans to catch the Austin Poetry Slam Off that’ll rock the Stateside-at-the-Paramount stage on Saturday night, with the top 10 slam poets in town battling it out for the honor of representing on the national slam team this year...."

Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 15, 1999
"...FRIDAY PERFORMANCE POETRY SHOWCASES, Ruta Maya (Fourth & Lavaca), 9pm, Waterloo Ice House (Sixth & Lamar), 10pm: Another embarrassment of riches requires two separate venues for this gathering of local, national, and international poets who fuse theatrics into their poetry. The Ruta Maya reading, hosted by Dallas poet Clebo Rainey, will feature, amongst others, New York's Guy Gonzalez, a member of last year's National Poetry Slam championship team; Austin's Karyna McGlynn, who won a returning spot on this year's Austin Poetry Slam Team in last week's blowout Superslam; and Rupert Hopkins, a British poet who also featured at last year's AIPF..."

Wham... Bam... Thank You, Slam!
Books Story  September 20, 1996
"...National Poetry Slam..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Flatbed Press founders Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith, choreographer Kate Warren and theatre / spoken word artist Zell Miller III join the ranks of cultural heroes
Arts Story  June 1, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Every performance by Zell Miller III is a potent reminder of that, a fierce lesson in language's ability to crack open any issue, pierce any position, slice through bullshit, and lay open the truth within – exposing the deceit, hatred, injustice, or the beauty, hope, light. Miller began schooling Austin in this in the early Nineties, first in poetry open mics at Chicago House (where he'd have to call in with a fake name or they wouldn't put him on the lineup); then on the slam scene, where he was winner of the 1999 Heman Sweatt Symposium Slam and 1999 Austin Poetry Slam, a member of Austin's team in the 2004 National Poetry Slam, and a featured performer at the Austin International Poetry Festival and SXSW; then in his solo shows..."

First Night Austin
First Night Austin gets ready to ring out the old year in a big way, with a cultural extravaganza on a scale the city has never before seen
Arts Story  December 16, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...The project attracted more than 360 proposals from artists, of which the final 80 includes such Austin arts luminaries as Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks, Creative Opportunity Orchestra, film artist Luke Savisky, Tapestry Dance Company, Austin Poetry Slam, Sally Jacques' Blue Lapis Light dance company, Vortex Repertory Company, and Indian classical dancer Anuradha Naimpally. Representatives of several groups were on hand at the kick-off party, giving attendees a small taste of what's to come on Dec..."

Slam as It Ever Was
The nationals come to Austin amid the polarizing medium's 20th anniversary
Arts Story  August 4, 2006, by Shawn Badgley
"..."People are not up to date with what slam is now," says Austin slam master Mike Henry, the guy with the glasses, who is about to become less measured and pensive. I've made the mistake of claiming that poet Mark Strand is better and has a larger, more-informed audience than Def Poetry Jam..."

Slam Week Events
Books Story  August 14, 1998
"... SCHEDULE..."

Slam, Bam, Thank You, Ma'am
Handicapping the Slam Team Poets
Books Story  May 30, 1997, by Brett Holloway-Reeves
"...The Austin Slam Team: Clockwise are Wammo, Susan B. A..."

2008 Austin International Poetry Festival Preview
Books Story  April 4, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...You're encouraged to bring 50 copies of your poem, which will then be collated into an instant anthology. All participating poets will take home a copy. SATURDAY, APRIL 122-4pm: Youth Slam Presentation (Ruta Maya) 3-4:30pm: Trials and Tribulations of Independent Publishing (Follett's Intellectual Property, 2402 Guadalupe)..."

Austin Free Poetry Festival
Books Story  November 8, 1996
"...The festival, to be held Sunday, November 10 at Book People (6th & Lamar), is intended as a warm-up for local poets and volunteers who will drive the Fifth annual AIPF next March. According to AIPF Board of Directors Chairman Randy Lusk, "The intent is to give many of the poets who read at venues around town the chance to read in a different setting, where they can reach audiences who might not make it out to those readings." The 12-hour lineup, starting with a 10am reading by the local poetry coalition APAL (Austin Poetry At Large) and finishing with an 8:30pm poetry slam, features a number of the most active local performing poetry groups and sub-groups, including high school poets, poets organized around their favorite venues, and the new-to-the scene, all-female Ripe and Ready Performance Troupe..."

Meet the Women of Austin R&B
Spotlighting five formidable soul vocalists
Music Story  September 21, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...The former Ft. Worth-based Royal Rhythmaires frontwoman also indulged in spoken word performance for years, taking home poetry slam titles along the way..."

Austin Mic Exchange
Tuesdays are hip-hop open mic night at Spider House
DAILY Music  November 23, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...The weekly open mic began earlier this year as the brainchild of Miss Manners, host of Hip Hop Hooray on KOOP Radio, and P-tek, a local rapper. A rotating cast of established and aspiring MCs hit the stage Tuesdays after the poetry slam at Spider House 29th St..."

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