Thank you!

We did it!

The 2011 National Poetry Slam has come and gone, and we at the host city committee owe a great debt of thanks to all of you who attended, volunteered, watched, and judged our events. We are especially thankful to those of you who waited so patiently in line for our sold-out events; this year’s crowds were unprecedented in the history of the National Poetry Slam, and although it represented an inconvenience for many of you, your patience and tolerance are deeply appreciated. The ultimate meaning is clear: slam is gaining in popularity in a way it never has before, and we are honored to have hosted so many of you at our nearly 100 events.

Congratulations to the 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion: Slam Nuba from Denver, Colorado, as well as our other finalists: Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York City, NY) in second place, Providence Poetry Slam (Providence, RI) in third, and Writing Wrongs (Columbus, OH) in fourth.

The Spirit of the Slam winner for NPS 2011 is Sonya Renee, who has worked tirelessly to keep our community open, safe, and understanding for all our members.

For those who expressed concern about the poet with medical concerns at the YMCA on Friday night: the poet has asked us to pass on that he is 100% fine and grateful for everyone’s support. That poet did perform both successfully and beautifully the next day at the make-up semi-final in the Old Baptist Church.

The 2011 National Poetry Slam Host Committee worked extremely hard with Poetry Slam, Inc., to bring you this amazing week of poetry. Congratulations and thank you to all of our artists, volunteers, hosts and bout managers, and audience. We are so happy to share poetry slam with you.

Watch for the 2012 National Poetry Slam, coming to Charlotte, North Carolina!

Saturday Make-Up SemiFinal (Bout 4)

First off we need to thank local Poet Richard Cambridge for helping to make this event possible, and the staff at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church for stepping up to provide us with a venue to redo the YMCA SemiFinal Bout after Friday night’s misfortune. Lastly to the poets who all persevered through the difficulty of bringing their best one more time.

Berkeley Poetry Slam (Berkeley, CA)
Legendary Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Oakland Poetry Slam (Oakland, CA)
Providence Poetry Slam (Providence, RI)
Salt City Slam (Salt Lake City, UT)

Saturday Make-Up SemiFinal (Bout 4)

First off we need to thank local Poet Richard Cambridge for helping to make this event possible, and the staff at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church for stepping up to provide us with a venue to redo the YMCA SemiFinal Bout after Friday night’s misfortune. Lastly to the poets who all persevered through the difficulty of bringing their best one more time.

Berkeley Poetry Slam (Berkeley, CA)
Legendary Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Oakland Poetry Slam (Oakland, CA)
Providence Poetry Slam (Providence, RI)
Salt City Slam (Salt Lake City, UT)

Photos by Richard Beaubien

Middle East Upstairs Semi-Final (Bout 2)

What a show. The place was packed to the rafters. The teams threw down some of their best stuff, all preceded by Scott Woods introducing the Rookie Showcase. Rocky and the team kept us together, the hosting was slick, the crowd live. Ok, photographically, the lighting was – well, the lighting was what it was; I’m tempted to convert the whole night to black & white, but in the meantime, here is a selection.

A larger selection can be viewed here: http://marshallgoff.com/nps2011/Semis-Middle-East-Upstairs/ Let me know if you need to use the pictures for anything.

Enjoy!

YMCA Semi-Final (Bout 4 – 1st attempt)

This semi-final bout will be remembered for a long time. It was interrupted by a fire, hampered by a noise regulation, and finally ended by a poet’s medical emergency. The entire bout had to be re-done on Saturday.

Berkeley Poetry Slam (Berkeley, CA)
Legendary Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Oakland Poetry Slam (Oakland, CA)
Providence Poetry Slam (Providence, RI)
Salt City Slam (Salt Lake City, UT)

Photos by Richard Beaubien