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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Final Sedona National Poetry Slam Team standings

These are the Sedona National Poetry Slam Team rankings. The higher the point totals, the later in the first round the poets will go at the Grand Slam, i.e., if nodalone quit FlagSlam and competed in Sedona, he’d be the last poet.
In the event of a tie, I'll flip a coin a few days before the slam and announce the first round.

The Grand Slam will be Saturday, June 16, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, down the street from Studio Live. The slam starts promptly at 7 p.m., not 7:30 p.m. No feature. Based on time, there likely will be cuts going into the third round. Any poets with 1 point are eligible if fewer than 12 poets with more than 1 point elect not to slam, but they’ll be going in the first slots in the first round.

We'll probably have more than one calibration poet as well, to give more poets stage time and to fight the dreaded score creep.

Final Sedona National Poetry Slam Team standings

11 points: nodalone, of Flagstaff(✓Qualified for FlagSlam team)
9 points: Valence, of Flagstaff
8 points: Josh Wiss, of Flagstaff
7 points: Lauren Perry, of Phoenix
7 points: Rowie Shebala, of Phoenix
7 points: Ryan Brown, of Flagstaff(✓Qualified for FlagSlam team)
6 points: Christopher Fox Graham, of Sedona(✓Qualified for FlagSlam team)
6 points: The Klute, of Phoenix
5 points: Frank O'Brien, of Prescott
5 points: Jackson Morris, of Flagstaff(✓Qualified for FlagSlam team alternate)
4 points: Austin Reeves, of Flagstaff
4 points: Mikel Weisser, of Kingman
3.5 points: Spencer Troth, of Flagstaff
3 points: Christopher Harbster, of Flagstaff
3 points: Evan Dissinger, of Flagstaff
3 points: Tara Pollock, of Flagstaff(✓Qualified for FlagSlam team)
2.5 points: Bert Cisneros, of Cottonwood
2 points: Gary Every, of Sedona
2 points: Tom Heymsfeld, of Sedona
1 point: Aaron Johnson, of Phoenix
1 point: Bill Campana, of Mesa
1 point: Brian Linari, of Flagstaff
1 point: Deborah Berman, of Phoenix
1 point: Ellenelizabeth Cernek, of Sedona
1 point: Gabbi Jue, of Flagstaff
1 point: Jack Egan, of Sedona
1 point: Jahnilli Akbar, of New York City
1 point: Joe Montano III, of Phoenix
1 point: Josh Goldberg, of Oak Creek Ranch School
1 point: Kaye Pettit, of Flagstaff
1 point: Kendra Kenj Shebala, of Flagstaff
1 point: Lauren Hanss, of Flagstaff
1 point: Mary Elizabeth Skene, of Sedona
1 point: Michelle Peterson, of Sedona
1 point: Sean Patrick Mulroy, of New York City
1 point: Seth Walker, of Texas
0.5 points: Danielle Silver, of Sedona
0.5 points: Gary Bowers, of Phoenix
0.5 points: Josh Floyd, of Flagstaff
0.5 points: Sasha Anderson, of Flagstaff
0.5 points: Tanya Marcy, of Sedona

Excluding Christopher Fox Graham, of Sedona, Nodalone, Tara Pollock and Ryan Brown, all of Flagstaff, this is how the slam order will be:

1st or 2nd Christopher Harbster, of Flagstaff
1st or 2nd Evan Dissinger, of Flagstaff
3rd Spencer Troth, of Flagstaff
4th or 5th Mikel Weisser, of Kingman
4th or 5th Austin Reeves, of Flagstaff
6th or 7th Jackson Morris, of Flagstaff
6th or 7th Frank O'Brien, of Prescott
8th The Klute, of Phoenix
9th or 10th Rowie Shebala, of Phoenix
9th or 10th Lauren Perry, of Phoenix
11th or 12th Josh Wiss, of Flagstaff
11th or 12th Valence, of Flagstaff

The Klute, Rowie Shebala, Lauren Perry, are all earning points for the Phoenix team. The Phoenix grand slam at Lawn Gnome will be May 25, so that may remove them from Sedona’s list if they opt for Phoenix.

Christopher Harbster is lost somewhere in California.

Jackson Morris is in a unique loophole I didn't account for of being an alternate. The Sedona slam rules only address poets who are primary members of teams being ineligible for the Grand Slam, so he wouldn't have to quit FlagSlam to compete for Sedona.

1st, if any of the above poets decline to compete: Bert Cisneros, of Cottonwood

1st, if any 2 of the above poets decline to compete: Gary Every, of Sedona.
(I have no contact for Tom Heymsfeld, but he could compete in the 1st slot if he comes to the Grand Slam and 2 of the above poets decline to compete AND if he beats Gary Every in a coin toss.)

(1st, if any 3 of the above poets decline to compete: Tom Heymsfeld if he comes to the Grand Slam)

If any 4 of the above poets decline to compete (which will likely be the case), then any of these poets are eligible, but will compete in the first few slots, determined at random:
Aaron Johnson, of Phoenix
Bill Campana, of Mesa
Brian Linari, of Flagstaff
Deborah Berman, of Phoenix
Ellenelizabeth Cernek, of Sedona
Gabbi Jue, of Flagstaff
Jack Egan, of Sedona
Jahnilli Akbar, of New York City
Joe Montano III, of Phoenix
Josh Goldberg, of Oak Creek Ranch School
Kaye Pettit, of Flagstaff
Kendra Kenj Shebala, of Flagstaff
Lauren Hanss, of Flagstaff
Mary Elizabeth Skene, of Sedona
Michelle Peterson, of Sedona
Sean Patrick Mulroy, of New York City
Seth Walker, of Texas

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