It’s almost time for one of my favorite events of the poetry season…Seattle Poetry Slam’s GRAND SLAM!! I couldn’t be more excited about our feature this year. KEN ARKIND is a poet with a huge voice and vision to match.
Seattle Poetry Slam Presents
The 2011 GRAND SLAM
The Seattle Poetry Slam will hold its annual Grand Slam competition (an all ages event) at Town Hall on Friday, May 6th at 7:30 pm.
The Grand Slam will feature National Poetry Slam Champion Ken Arkind.
WHAT: The sheer power of the art form of Spoken Word cannot be denied. Seen and heard in commercials, movies, on Broadway and even at the White House…
The WORD is coming. It will be loud. It will be moving and it will be told Live on-stage before a cheering crowd of 500 people head-over-heels in love with poetry.
The Seattle Poetry Slam’s 2011 Grand Slam is the culmination of a year of weekly competitions at Re-bar in Downtown Seattle. The night’s winners will be awarded spots on the 2011 Seattle National Poetry Slam Team: the four poets that will represent Seattle at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, MA against over 80 other teams from across the nation and Canada. Seattle has a history of being one of the most well-respected teams having regularly ranked in the top sixteen in previous years taking the 2nd place trophy in 2009 in the Group Perfomance competition.
Featured Poet Ken Arkind is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and full time touring artist who has performed his work in almost all of the Lower 48, Hawaii and Canada. With Panama Soweto he is one half of The Dynamic Duo, the nation’s most highly booked Spoken Word act.
He has been featured in the documentaries SPIT!, Slamplanet, as well as on HBO, CBS, NBC and Borders.com’s Open Door Poetry series alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
He was a member of the highly influential Spilljoy Ensemble tour, a collection of the country’s premiere young spoken word artists including Danny Sherrard, Jon Sands and Shira Erlichman and is currently the Executive Director and head Brave New Voices coach for The Denver Minor Disturbance Poetry Project, an independent literary arts program dedicated to helping Colorado youth between the ages of 13-19 find their voices through the mediums of poetry and performance.
A regular fixture in the Denver music scene he has opened for acts like The Flobots, Gil Scott Heron, Devotchka, Sage Francis, Ani Difranco, Cloud Cult, P.O.S., and NPR’s Amy Goodman and he is the only poet signed to Hot Congress Records. His work has been published in numerous literary anthologies and Journals across the country, including Write Bloody’s “The Good Things About America” and the University of Washington’s 2010 Common Book alongside Pulitzer Prize Winners Yusef Komunyaka and Philip Levine.
His first collection of poetry “I know why Georgia Turner waited by the train tracks” will be available summer of 2011 from Penmanship Books.
WHEN: Friday, May 6th, doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30 pm.
WHERE: Town Hall
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
COST: $10-$15 Tix available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/166138
Note: This is an all ages event.