CalSLAM

UC Berkeley Spoken Word & Slam Poetry

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Natasha Huey, Jade Cho & Isabella Borgeson perform “Moon Goddesses” at CUPSI 2013 semifinals @ Barnard College, April 5, 2013.

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Natasha Huey - “Elephant Graveyards” | CUPSI 2013 @ Barnard College, 4/3/2013 

Video is missing the first ~20 seconds :( Here are the missing lines:

"Elephant graveyards
are not an invention of Lion King
elephants gather the bones of their dead
and bring them to one place
so they can mourn
 
run their trunks over skulls
like fingers over a lover’s face
read the pieces of the dead like headstones
 
when they migrate,
they return to these
memorials
and remember
 
to elephants,
ivory is the urn for the spirits of their ancestors

one of the most common things to be carved out of ivory
is an elephant
there is something ironic
about slaughtering a species
so you can resurrect them
through sculptures made from their own skeletons
replacing 10,000 pounds of charge and trumpet
with caricatures collecting dust
death marching
frozen
across mahogany mantels
 
long before they occupied store shelves
they occupied our tapestries
our altars
and the space behind our eyelids
their strength, intelligence, and empathy
belonged to nothing less than gods”

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brandon Melendez and Ben Grenrock - “The Rise of the Eternal Jellyfish” (CUPSI 2013) April 3, 2013 @ Barnard College

The CalSLAM 2013 CUPSI team took 7th in the nation out of 59 teams two weeks ago, taking home awards for Best Poet, Best Poem, Best Political Poem, and Best Writing as a Team. We could not have done it without the support of the beautiful CalSLAM community on campus and all the amazing, talented poets we’re so blessed to write with all year round. We tried to rep best we could for y’all!

We’re slowly uploading CUPSI videos to our (formerly defunct since 2009, being revived) YouTube channel. First up is the inspirational “Rise of the Eternal Jellyfish” by brandon and Ben (fwoop, fwoop!) Share & subscribe!

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First Open Mic of the Semester!

THE MIC IS YOURS!

Been itching to share your art? Journal overflowing?? Now’s the time to let it all out, THIS Friday February 22 CalSLam is putting on an open mike to give you poets and artists of all kinds a space of your own to share your stuff.

Friday February 22
Sign ups @ 6:30pm, Open Mic @ 7pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
5$ Admission

Open mic is a great space to start getting involved, play around with your writing style, try something new, and get shown lots of love, whether your a beginner or a seasoned poet.

Its been an action packed slam season and CalSLAM wants to keep the energy going, getting inspired and inspiring others. Whats a better way to start of your weekend?? 
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If you’d like to get on the open mic be sure to get there early to ensure a spot. There is a four minute maximum per poet.

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CalSLAM Open Mic tomorrow! Friday February 22 Sign ups @ 6:30pm, Open Mic @ 7pm! 
Located in the glroious 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building$5 Admission to see some amazing displays of Cal creativity!

CalSLAM Open Mic tomorrow! Friday February 22 Sign ups @ 6:30pm, Open Mic @ 7pm! 

Located in the glroious 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
$5 Admission to see some amazing displays of Cal creativity!

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CalSlam will be selling our amazing CalSlamanac Volume One Chapbook that has 40 pages of awesome poetry from contributing Berkeley Poets. On sale tonight during the show! 

CalSlam will be selling our amazing CalSlamanac Volume One Chapbook that has 40 pages of awesome poetry from contributing Berkeley Poets. On sale tonight during the show! 

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Our amazing Finalists are stepping up to the mic tonight. Come out and show your support for the creative community at Cal!

Our amazing Finalists are stepping up to the mic tonight. Come out and show your support for the creative community at Cal!

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PRE-SALE TICKETS are SOLD OUT for CalSLAM’s 2013 GRAND SLAM FINALS!!!!

But no need to fear: WE ARE STILL SELLING TICKETS AT THE DOOR, for floor seats only. Bring your blankets and comfy clothes to chill out to some EPIC poetry tonight. Tickets sold at the door are strictly FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. We highly suggest getting here at 7:30. We will reach capacity, and there may be people turned away! BE WARNED! 

If you DO have pre-sale tickets already, make sure to bring your ticket to the door! If you lost your ticket - bring a photo ID! 

Also, make sure to bring 10 bucks for our AMAZING CalSLAM Chapbooks!! (only $8 if you bought pre-sale)!

 

Where: 145 Dwinelle, UCB Campus

When: Tonight!! Friday Feb 1, 8pm. We highly suggest getting there at 7:30 to get your seat!!

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Come Join us This Friday for the Grand Slam!

Poets have been spitting fire and sharing their hearts all Fall semester to get to this moment! Our final poets will be competing for 1 of 5 spots on the CalSLAM team, which will represent UCB at the national College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in April! Join us as we celebrate their voices, work, & bravery, and our CalSLAM community.

Reminder:

When: Friday 2/1/2013. Doors @ 8:00pm, Show @ 8:15pm

Where: 145 Dwinelle, UCB Campus

We’re tabling & selling tickets on Sproul Mon-Fri 10am-2pm! If you purchase your ticket BEFORE the event on Friday, you will receive $2 off CalSLAM’s first anthology, the CalSLAManac Vol. 1!!The CalSLAManac Vol. 1 is CalSLAM’s first ever collection of poems gathered from our community of writers. Buy one (or two, or three, or five) and help us produce more collections of poetry, more community workshops and events, and also send the CalSLAM team to CUPSI! $10 at the event, $8 with presale ticket! All proceeds go towards sending our slam team to nationals in NYC and putting on future events.

The Finalists Are: Noor Al-Sammarai, Amanda Baker, Sanjana Bijlani, Isabella Borgeson, Jade Cho, Ben Grenrock, Natasha Huey, Paula Kahn, Omar Khan, Beth Marrone, brandon Melendez, Koji Takaheshi, Ariana Weckstein, Brandon Young. 

So come out this Friday and watch our finalist battle it out for a spot on the CUPSI Team!

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CalSlam’s 2013 Grand Slam Finals

When: Friday 2/1/2013. Doors @ 8:00pm, Show @ 8:15pm
Where: 145 Dwinelle, UCB Campus

Poets have been spitting fire and sharing their hearts all Fall semester to get to this moment! Our final poets will be competing for 1 of 5 spots on the CalSLAM team, which will represent UCB at the national College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in April! Join us as we celebrate their voices, work, & bravery, and our CalSLAM community.

We are ALSO premiering our first anthology! The CalSLAManac Vol. 1 is CalSLAM’s first ever collection of poems gathered from our community of writers. Buy one (or two, or three, or five) and help us produce more collections of poetry, more community workshops and events, and also send the CalSLAM team to CUPSI! $10 at the event, $8 with presale ticket!

We’re tabling & selling tickets on Sproul Mon-Fri 10am-2pm! If you purchase your ticket BEFORE the event on Friday, you will receive $2 off CalSLAM’s first anthology, the CalSLAManac Vol. 1!! ALL proceeds go towards sending our slam team to nationals in NYC and putting on future events.

PRESALE TICKETS:
$8 til end of day Tuesday 1/29
$10 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Check out the Facebook page and let us know that you are coming!

http://www.facebook.com/events/151642794990336/ 

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CalSLAM’s Second Slam feat. Michael Lee and Sam Cook!

Thursday October 25th
Doors and Slam Sign-up at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
100 Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB)
Feat. Michael Lee and Sam Cook!!
$5 admission*

Come out to CalSLAM’s second slam of the semester! The slams only get better as the season goes on, and the first one was beautiful. This Thursday, we’re featuring two (that’s right, two) incredible poets that are touring right now: Michael Lee and Sam Cook.

Michael Lee is a Minneapolis poet, performer, fiction writer, and youth worker. Michael is currently the ninth ranked slam poet in the world. He was named the 2011 “Best Individual Poet” of Collegiate Nationals (CUPSI). He is a recipient of the 2011 Verve Grant and was a finalist for the 2010 LOFT Literary Centers’ Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. Michael performs and conducts poetry workshops at rehabs, homeless shelters, religious/spiritual institutions, youth programs, colleges and high schools in Minnesota and around the country. When he is not performing or conducting workshops he works as a Youth Counselor at Avenues For Youth, a homeless shelter on Minneapolis’ North Side. He has dedicated the last several years of his life to serving youth in his community and around the country by sharing his love for poetry, expression, and learning.

Sam Cook is a National Poetry Slam champion who resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sam received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and is a Co-Founder of Button Poetry, which co-produced and cast the Poetry Observed video series. He is the Director and Coach of the two-time national champion St. Paul Soapboxing poetry slam team, and he has coached the University of Minnesota and Macalester College slam teams to numerous Finals Stage appearances and awards over the past three years. These awards include a national title at CUPSI 2011 and the “Best Poet” award three years running. Sam is committed to reaching out to youth in Minnesota and nationwide, through poetry, performance and a deep love for tomfoolery.

This is part of a series of slams leading up to our final slam in February, where students will compete to earn their place on the Cal Slam poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. *You do NOT have to be a Cal student to compete in the slam, however you must be affiliated with UC Berkeley to qualify to compete at CUPSI.

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In case you didn’t know,here’s how the rules of a poetry slam work: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Participants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, the slam will consist of two rounds - so prepare at least two poems if you plan to compete.

Remember, the point ain’t the points, but the POETRY, and CalSlams goal is to provide a welcoming and enlightening space for stories to be shared and voices to be heard.

*Where does the $5 admission go? We use revenue to pay our amazing features, DJs/hosts, and to send our slam team - which took 3rd in the nation in 2012 - to CUPSI every year. We get very little money from the ASUC, but we hope to one day be able to afford bigger and better venues and features, print chapbooks of student poetry, and make t-shirts. In short, all your money goes back into serving the audience, poets, and members, and making a better show for you!

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First Slam of the Semester!

Join us this month for the kick off of the Slam season!

CalSlam will be putting on the first Slam of the semester featuring IWPS & CUPSI Finalist Cam Awkward Rich!!

Cam Awkward-Rich is a qpoc student and writer based in Oakland. In 2012, his rookie year, Cam represented various Bay Area venues at CUPSI, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the National Poetry Slam. Currently, Cam is pursuing a PhD from Stanford University’s program in Modern Thought & Literature.


This is the beginning of a series of slams leading up to our final slam in February, where students will compete to earn their place on the Cal Slam poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. *You do NOT have to be a Cal student to perform in the open mic or compete in the slam, however you must be affiliated with UC Berkeley to qualify to compete at CUPSI.

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In case you didn’t know,here’s how the rules of a poetry slam work: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Participants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, the slam will consist of two rounds - so prepare at least two poems if you plan to compete.

Remember, the point ain’t the points, but the POETRY, and CalSlams goal is to provide a welcoming and enlightening space for stories to be shared and voices to be heard. 

Just so you know 

CalSlam will be putting on TWO slams this October to showcase the wide range of talent and interest in sharing spoken word!! 

The October Slam Special dates are…
Thursday October 18th
Slam Sign-up 6:30pm, Show at 7pm
Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler)
Feat. IWPS & CUPSI Finalist Cam Awkward Rich!!

AND
Thursday October 25th
Slam Sign-up at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
100 Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB)
Feat. Michael Lee and Sam Cook!!

That’s right TWO slams with THREE amazing features in one month! Dream come true right? This means double the opportunity to get your fix of performing, watching, getting enlightened, or getting involved with the organization!
Don’t miss out!!! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there :)

First Slam Thursday October 18th
Wheeler 315
Sign-Ups 6:30PM, Show 7:00PM

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CalSlam First Open Mic!

CalSlam is back in full force!

Join us for the first open mic of the semester this Friday September 28Th!!!

We’ve had excellent turn outs and high creative energy at our weekly writing workshops and are super excited to host the first open mic and get some dope writers the space to share on stage with the community! Get ready to get enlightened by your fellow writers, rappers, singers, and slampoets! We’re calling all talent to the stage…this means YOU have the chance to get on stage :)


But it gets better!!

Spoken word artist, activist and educator Terisa Sigatonu will be the feature performance of the night!!! Be sure to check her bio below!


If you are interested in performing, watching, and getting to know more about the CalSlam community please join us. If you want to hop on the open mic be sure to get there early (6:30) to sign up. Everyone is welcome :)

315 Wheeler (Maude Fife Room), UC Berkeley Campus
$5 dollar admission
Signups at 6:30, show starts at 7!

****Artist bio :Terisa Sigatonu********

At the age of 24, Terisa Tinei Siagatonu has already established herself as a poet, spoken word artist, and arts educator. Born and rooted in the Bay Area, her emergence into the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her the opportunities to perform on stages ranging from San Francisco’s historical Herbst Theatre to the Womyn’s Stage at the 2010 Oakland PRIDE Festival, sharing the mic with artists such as Beau Sia, Ise Lyfe, Mayda Del Valle, Shihan, George Watsky, and Chinaka Hodge. She has performed at events ranging from Youth Speaks’ 13th Annual Bringing the Noise for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Life is Living Festival to San Jose’s Polynesian Heritage Festival and UC Berkeley’s 3rd and 4th Annual Queer and Asian Conference. An alumnus of UC Santa Cruz, she was the 2011 UCSC Kinetic Poetic Grand Slam Champion, as well as a member of the 2010 and 2011 UCSC Kinetic Poetic Poetry Slam Team, helping her team take 2nd place in the nation at the 10th annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), held at Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2010. In 2012 she was part of Da Poetry Lounge/Hollywood slam team, helping her team make it to finals stage at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina, taking 4th in the nation. Her greatest achievement as a spoken word artist was when she was invited to the White House earlier this year to accept the Champion of Change award as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative through the White House Initiatives on Asians/Pacific Islander’s “What’s Your Story?” video challenge. The award recognized her experiences as a spoken word artist, arts educator, and youth organizer in the Pacific Islander community.

In addition to performing, she is also a community activist and organizer, having worked as an intern and poet-mentor for Youth Speaks Inc., to organizing on a grassroots level with groups such as One Love Oceania, a queer Pacific Islander womyn’s organization from the Bay Area, the Samoan Community Development Center of San Francisco, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities of Los Angeles, and Engaging Education of UCSC

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Writing Workshop Location Changed to 100 Wheeler!

We’ll be there every Monday night, 7-9PM for the rest of the semester.

Our workshops offer a path to the slam stage, but are mainly a place to detox, share your stories, and produce new writing - whether you’re a “page poet” or a “performance poet,” just like to write, or have never penned a poem in your life. All experience levels welcome!

CalSLAM Writing Workshops

Mondays (including tonight!) 7-9PM

100 Wheeler, UC Berkeley Campus