South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Austin Poetry Slam is a weekly event held every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom. Poetry slams structure like sports tournaments..."
"...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..."
"...• 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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...National Poetry Slam..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...The Austin Slam Team: Clockwise are Wammo, Susan B. A..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...The former Ft. Worth-based Royal Rhythmaires frontwoman also indulged in spoken word performance for years, taking home poetry slam titles along the way..."
"...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..."