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Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Klute wins the first Sedona Poetry Slam of 2014



Round 1
Poet Score Time Penalty Net Score
Ryan Smalley 21.5 2:44 0.0 21.5
Evan Dissinger 24.5 2:48 0.0 24.5
Taylor Hayes 20.6 2:08 0.0 20.6
Tara Aitken 20.2 3:08 0.0 20.2
Claire Pearson 24.4 2:27 0.0 24.4
Josh Wiss 26.1 2:25 0.0 26.1
Spencer 24.2 2:22 0.0 24.2
Joy Young 27.8 2:21 0.0 27.8
Ella Featherstone 22.9 1:20 0.0 22.9
Anthony Johnson 29.4 2:15 0.0 29.4
Kimber 21.5 2:46 0.0 21.5
Klute 28.8 2:26 0.0 28.8
James 27.3 2:40 0.0 27.3
Mikel 23.6 2:46 0.0 23.6
Lauren Perry 25.4 2:23 0.0 25.4
Jackson 27.9 2:39 0.0 27.9
Lauren Remy 26.8 2:13 0.0 26.8
Valence 27.8 2:53 0.0 27.8
Round 2
Poet Score Time Penalty Net Score
Valence 26.8 3:07 0.0 26.8
Lauren Remy 28.2 2:14 0.0 28.2
Jackson 28.0 2:43 0.0 28.0
Lauren Perry 27.1 2:53 0.0 27.1
Mikel 24.8 3:30 -1.5 23.3
James 24.9 2:21 0.0 24.9
Klute 29.4 3:13 -0.5 28.9
Kimber 24.3 1:11 0.0 24.3
Anthony Johnson 27.5 2:24 0.0 27.5
Ella Featherstone 26.8 1:07 0.0 26.8
Joy Young 25.9 1:21 0.0 25.9
Spencer 24.2 3:24 -1.0 23.2
Josh Wiss 28.4 2:51 0.0 28.4
Claire Pearson 28.3 2:45 0.0 28.3
Tara Aitken 27.1 1:07 0.0 27.1
Taylor Hayes 27.2 2:41 0.0 27.2
Evan Dissinger 28.5 2:16 0.0 28.5
Ryan Smalley 28.5 2:20 0.0 28.5
Round 3
Poet Score Time Penalty Net Score
Klute 29.0 2:46 0.0 29.0
Anthony Johnson 28.7 1:42 0.0 28.7
Jackson 29.9 2:53 0.0 29.9
Lauren Remy 29.5 2:43 0.0 29.5
Valence 29.1 2:40 0.0 29.1
Final
Poet Score


Klute 86.7


Jackson 85.8


Anthony Johnson 85.6


Lauren Remy 84.5


Valence 83.7


Josh Wiss 54.5


Joy Young 53.7


Evan Dissinger 53.0


Claire Pearson 52.7


Lauren Perry 52.5


James 52.2


Ryan Smalley 50.0


Ella Featherstone 49.7


Taylor Hayes 47.8


Spencer 47.4


Tara Aitken 47.3


Mikel 46.9


Kimber 45.8


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First Sedona Poetry Slam of 2014 is this Saturday, Jan. 11

The first Sedona Poetry Slam of 2014 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3.

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 the 2014 season, which will culminate in selection of Sedona's third National Poetry Slam Team, the foursome and alternate who will represent the city at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, Calif., in August.

Future slams take place:
  • Saturday, Feb. 1
  • Saturday, March 8
  • Saturday, March 29
  • Saturday, April 26
  • Saturday, May 17
  • The final Grand Poetry Slam takes place Saturday, June 7, to determine the team.

Slam poets will need three original poems, each lasting no longer than three minutes. No props, costumes nor musical accompaniment are permitted.

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.

The poets will be judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam.

Poets who want to compete should purchase a ticket in case the roster is filled before they arrive.

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., and its second to the 2013 NPS in Boston and Cambridge, Mass.

The slam will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on seven FlagSlam National Poetry Slams in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009.

Tickets are $12.

Contact Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam.

What is Poetry Slam?


Founded in Chicago in 1984 by construction worker Marc Smith, 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.