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SlamCharlotte to determine its final four
Spoken-word competition at Spirit Square
 
Published Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:44 pm
by Cidney Holliday, For The Charlotte Post

On April 15, the SlamCharlotte poetry team will have its four-person squad. Beginning at 8 p.m. The Grand Slams will begin at Sprit Square, 345 N. College St. with 12 poets competing to represent Charlotte in national competition.

“SlamCharlotte has been around for almost ten years [and] I inherited these positions from Terry Creech,” said poet Boris “Bluz” Rogers, the Slammaster and host. “It’s easy for me because I’m not slamming, it’s really intense, and I’ve been in that position before.”

Many of the poets save their best work and use all they have for this one night, Rogers is glad that “ I don’t have to worry [about that] anymore.”

Antionio “Full Circle” Green, Rogers’ stepson, is a youth poet with SlamCharlotte.

“I am uber-excited,” he said. “I’ve known a number of these poets for quite some years and I’ve seen them grow.”

The Charlotte show will be similar to Green’s competition in Sacrificial Poets in Durham.  

“I’m participating on Thursday,” he said. “It’s going to be epic. If I make the team, I will be going to Brave New Voices.”

Kate Kelly will be traveling to help in this competition. A senior at Davidson College, she is president of FreeWord, the campus spoken word team. She will be the sacrificial poet, or calibration poet, for the Grand Slams.

“I was offered a place to perform in Grand Slams but I wouldn’t be able to attend so I was offered to sacrifice,” she said. “Slam Charlotte has always been really supportive of Freeword. They have a great venue and the audience is always engaged.”

Carlos Robson, a competitor in the Grand Slam, is FreeWord’s SlamMaster for CUPSI, or College and University Poetry Slam Invitational, where Kelly and other members participated last weekend. “We’re going to have a couple of cars full headed down there, “I’m Excited!” says Kelly.

The competiton will be held at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. Tickets are $10 a ticket.

On the Net:

Slam Charlotte

www.slamcharlotte.com

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