grassroots community space, friday jan 7, 9pm - 12 am
The JC Slam is the only PSI sanctioned and nationally recognized slam in North Jersey. That means the stakes are high because we are trying to find out who will represent Jersey City at the 2011 National Poetry Slam.
There is a brief OPEN-MIC before the slam that not only welcomes aspiring poets but MUSICIANS AND COMICS AS WELL.
Hosted by the man who played the role of Santa's helper and the New Years Baby, Broken English.
After a holiday hiatus, we're back! We're starting off the New Year with the No More Rib Cage Tour paying us a visit all the way up from New England.
SO, WHY NO MORE RIBCAGE?
These four kids tossed the ribcage out the window (as should everybody who’s still saying “ribcage” in their poems) and are ready to get down to the real talk. Hailing from the legendary North[[b]]east poetry community with pedigrees from all stripes of basement bar open mics and coffee shop love/hate fests, they are ready and willing to make you laugh, cry, gasp, choke, grin, curse, and high-five all over the damn place. Just let them know the where and the when, and they will bring the rumpus. Along with anything else that will fit in Sam’s ugly-yet-reliable car when they hit the road this winter on a tour of the East Coast.
Cassandra de Alba is poet from New Hampshire who attends Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, which confuses most people. She was a member of the 2008 Manchester, NH slam team and a member of the 2010 Hampshire County slam team. Amongst the ways to her heart are wombats, avocados, and really good line breaks.
Mckendy Fils-Aime is a performance poet out of Manchester, NH. He has been a member of the 2008 Manchester NH slam team, the 2009 Worcester Poet’s Asylum slam team, and the 2010 Manchester NH slam team. He has a somewhat religious relationship with most sweets and pastries.
Emily O’Neill is a person and poet from New Jersey. (You are going to apologize for that a lot more than she is.) She has been slamming since age 17, and has been a member of the 2009 Hampshire College CUPSI team and the 2010 Hampshire County NPS team. She DJ’s living room dance parties, swims in books, and cuddles with sharks. In poetry, she enjoys speaking speechless moments and punching you in the ear as a pick-up line.
Sam Teitel has been a member of two national slam teams, Manchester, NH in 2008 and Portland, ME in 2009. In 2010 he was the assistant coach for the 2010 Manchester team. He graduated from Hampshire College with a thesis called "Poetry. Performance. Punk Rock." He is currently living in Somerville, MA and acting as a host and a heart breaker at the Slam Free Or Die reading in Manchester. He likes coffee, old paperbacks, cartoons, The Clash, and New Orleans.
Grassroots Community Space
54 Coles St, Jersey City NJ
Doors open at 9 PM
$5 Cover / $3 Students (with ID)