Date and Time
Jun 25, 2019 9:00 pm
Busboys and Poets Presents the Beltway Slam - PRIDE SLAM
2 Round Slam series culminating in a Finals deciding who will represent D.C. metro at the National and International competition/festivals! With Cash Prizes and more!
Hosted by Charity Blackwell
Born in Arizona and raised in South Carolina, Charity Blackwell is a spoken word artist who is quickly making a name for herself in the DMV. Charity started writing poetry in high school but recently began performing her work in 2015. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Trinity University, Charity cultivated, hosted, and performed at numerous spoken-word events for her school. She currently works for the Department of Commerce and recently completed her Master’s degree at Trinity in Communications with a concentration in Leadership. She hosted the 2013, 2014, and 2015 DC SCORES Poetry SLAMS! Now a two-time host of the National SLAM! in New York City. Charity is passionate about poetry, soccer, and youth development, and she remains involved in the D.C. spoken-word scene while she completes her first book of poems.
Tonight's feature: JULIAN RANDALL - Author of Refuse, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and The Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times Magazine, The Georgia Review, and Sixth Finch and in the anthologies Portrait in Blues, Nepantla, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss.
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Rules and Procedures for 2019-2020 Season
Each open slam will be two rounds. Standard PSI rules apply (3 minutes, own work, no props, etc). The first round will have 12-15 poets and the order will be by random draw. The top eight poets from the first round will move on to the second round and the order will be high to low from the first round.
$100.00 Cash Prize to 1st place winner each month + Points towards earning a spot in finals,
2nd and 3rd place earn points towards earning a spot in finals
Participation by Lottery:
The list for the night will be held by the Bout Manager. Poets MUST speak with the Bout Manager in person on the night of the slam to be placed on the list. Doors open 8:30pm. The slam list opens at 8:45pm. Slam begins at 9pm.
The Draw (if there are more than 12 poets):
The draw will happen at 8:50 SHARP. If there is a lottery, the pull to determine who is slamming will also determine the order in which they will compete. Poets MUST be present at the time of the lottery/draw. If a poet’s name is pulled for a lottery and they are not present or very easily locatable, they forfeit their place and are not eligible for the bonus entry described above. If there is no lottery and a poet is not present or easily locatable during the draw, that poet will compete first; if they are still not present when their name is called during the first round, they will not slam that night.Speciality Slam Dates and Info:Team semi-finals:
The top 12 poets from the season will compete with 3 minute poems. Any poem from the season can be repeated for the semifinals/finals but you cannot repeat the same poem(s) you do in semifinals in finals.
Only top eight advance to finals in April. The top eight order also decides order of first round in Finals (i.e. if you won semis, you go last, etc…)