Woosh Kinaadeiyí to host 3rd annual Grand Poetry Slam

Nathan Block performing at the June Poetry Slam.

Woosh Kinaadeiyí will host their third annual Grand Poetry Slam competition on Oct. 18, in celebration of the organization’s three years of monthly poetry slams and open mic events in the community. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. A potluck and after-party will follow the show.


The Grand Poetry Slam will include a slam competition featuring winners from the past season. The poets will perform original work and will be judged by members of the community. The winning poet will receive $50 and the 2013 Grand Slam Award.

Competing in the slam are Colin Calk, Penn Lamb, Jacqueline Boucher, Nathan Block, Anna Hoffman, Ziggy Unzicker and Krage Skaflestad.

The event will also include opening performances by Stacy La Mascus, Mackenzie Merrill, Selma Houck, Bill Merk, Daniel Kantak and Emily King.

The monthly slam, co-founded by poets Christy NaMee Eriksen and Nahaan, began in 2010 and quickly attracted a large and varied local following, from seasoned poets to first time presenters. After getting established at the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery during its first year, slam organizers began rotating the event’s venues, a tradition it has continued over the past couple years. Past venues have ranged from the Auke Bay Fire House to Thunder Mountain High School to the Juneau Public Library.

At the regular monthly slams, poets sign up upon arrival and compete by performing their poems, engaging their audience with their delivery as well as their words. All are welcome to compete at the regular monthly slams; the event stresses inclusiveness and accessibility.

Because the Grand Slam has a different format, highlighting past winners, there will be no sign ups for performances at Friday’s show.

The show will be hosted by Christy NaMee Eriksen and Dee Jay DeRego, with DJ Manu.

Admission to the Grand Slam, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is pay as you can, with a suggested donation of $5-10.

Limited edition items will be available at the slam, including a chapbook anthology of select poets’ work and Woosh Kinaadeiyí Season Four t-shirts designed by local artist Rico Worl.

Woosh Kinaadeiyí is a local nonprofit committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/wooshpoetry.


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