11/12/2012 1:00:00 PM Calling all poets for a Sedona slammin' good time to rhyme
Christopher Fox Graham
If You Go ...
What: Poetry Slam
When:Saturday 11/17/12 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Studio Live 215 Coffee Pot Drive West Sedona
How Much: $10
More Info: www.studiolivesedona.com 928-282-0549
Studio Live presents the Novemeber Sedona Poetry Slam, hosted by Christopher Fox Graham on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and doors open at 7 p.m.
All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. The prize is funded in part by a donation from Verde Valley poetry supporter Jeanne Freeland.
The slam is the first of the 2012-13 season, which will culminate in selection of Sedona's second National Poetry Slam Team, which will represent the city at the National Poetry Slam in Boston and Cambridge, Mass., in August.
The local poets will share the stage with 300 of the top poets in the United States, Canada and Europe, pouring out their words in a weeklong explosion of expression.
Sedona sent its five-poet first team to the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C.
To compete in the slam, poets need at least three original poems, each three minutes long or shorter. No props, costumes or musical accompaniment are permitted. All types of poetry are welcome.
The slam will be hosted by Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on six FlagSlam National Poetry Slams in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012.
Contact Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to slam.
Founded in Chicago in 1984, poetry slam is a competitive artistic sport.
Poetry slams are judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience who assign numerical value to individual poets' contents and performances.
Poetry slam has become an international artistic sport, with more than 100 major poetry slams in the United States, Canada, Australia and Western Europe.
All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. Any poem is a "slam" poem if performed in a competition.
All poets get three minutes per round to entertain their audience with their creativity.
Competing poets earn points with each Sedona Poetry Slam performance between September and May. Every poet earns 1 point for performing or hosting. First place earns 3 additional points, second place earns 2 and third place earns 1.
Based on points, the top 12 poets in May are eligible to compete for the four slots on the Sedona Poetry Slam Team, which will represent the community and Studio Live at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Boston. Poets can compete for multiple teams during a season and still be eligible to compete in the Sedona team.
For more information please contact the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance/Studio Live at (928)282-0549.
Tickets are available online at www.studiolivesedona.com or at the Studio Live box office located at 215 Coffeepot Drive in West Sedona.
The Sedona Performing Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the Performing Arts thru Education, Live Performance and Artist Support. Studio Live is a tool for the SPAA to reach audiences and showcase their craft.