Lake Effect Poetry

Cleveland, Ohio's Poetry Slam Team

LEP Wins Bout at Ohio MeatGrinder Slam, Competes in Finals

Damien was unable to come to Columbus for the 2016 Ohio MeatGrinder Slam due to a new evil-day-job, and Azriel was competing with his Writing Knights team.  Vertigo (trusting Alexis-Rueal to slamministrate his Poet’s Haven team) stepped in as LEP’s alternate, and Andrew Golden joined us to complete the roster.  The team won it’s prelim bout!  Team No Means No took second place, and the Writing Knights and Poet’s Haven teams were, unfortunately, eliminated.  In Finals, there was an abundance of mind-blowing poetic performances and consistently high scores, with the victor’s trophy claimed by Team Ratchet (which included past LEP team member Siaara Freeman).

On a personal note, this year’s OMG was EVERYTHING slam is supposed to be.  Poets coming together to share work and put on an amazing show, with little to no care about what the scores were.  Can we make this happen everywhere???


Roster Changes

Due to her evil day-job not allowing her to take the necessary days off to compete at MeatGrinder or NPS, Skylark Bruce has had to step out of this year’s team lineup. Azriel Johnson will be taking her place on the roster for NPS. Vertigo Xavier (who finished sixth in our Grand Slam) will be taking Azriel’s place as team alternate. Skylark will still be joining the team at some of our fundraising events and team appearances. Azriel will be competing with his Writing Knights team at the Ohio MeatGrinder Slam, so Vertigo will be on Lake Effect’s roster for that tournament. (Vertigo will also have a Poet’s Haven team competing at MeatGrinder, but Alexis-Rueal will be handling slammministrator duties for the event.)


GRAND SLAM Results: Your 2016 Lake Effect Poetry Team is…

After three wonderful rounds of poetic slam combat, your 2016 Lake Effect Poetry team is: AKeemjamal Rollins, Ephraim Nehemiah, Damien McClendon, and Skylark Bruce!  Azriel Johnson placed fifth and will be our "alternate."  Vertigo Xavier placed sixth, and thinks that's perfect because he gets to go to NPS anyway as Slamministrator. 😉

A huge THANK YOU goes to Hive Mind for hosting our Grand Slam finals!  They host all kinds of awesome events each week; find them on Facebook to see what they've got going on next.

Stay tuned, as we will be announcing our fundraising events and team appearance schedule over the next few weeks.


Results from Final 2016 Qualifier at Cultured Coffee

The final qualifier slam of the 2016 season took place tonight at Cultured Coffee in Canton.  Azriel Johnson captured first place with Colleen Harrington in second.

With all eight qualifiers completed, the following poets are now eligible to compete in the GRAND SLAM this Saturday night at Hive Mind in Akron: Skylark Bruce, Azriel Johnson, Andrew Golden, AKeemjamal Rollins, Damien McClendon, Colleen Harrington, Vertigo Xavier, and Ephraim Nehemiah.

The following poets are eligible to compete in the LAST CHANCE SLAM that will open the Grand Slam event: Nikann Charney, Dandy, Zack Lee, and Rae Hallstrom.  The winner of the LAST CHANCE SLAM will then get to compete in the GRAND SLAM.


Feature Lineup Change for Final Qualifier

The FINAL Lake Effect Poetry slam qualifier of the 2016 season is TOMORROW at Cultured Coffee in Canton, OH!  This show is part of Writing Knights Press' Stark Knights Poetry Tour.  The feature lineup has changed and expanded a bit: the show will now feature Erie, PA Poet Laureate Cee Williams, MKE Poet Mwatabu Okantah, and Colleen Harrington!

This is the final opportunity for poets who have only competed in one LEP qualifier to meet the two-qualifier minimum to garner a spot at the GRAND SLAM on Saturday.  This is the final opportunity for everyone else to qualify to compete in the LAST CHANCE SLAM that will take place at the opening of Saturday's GRAND SLAM event.


Regional Slams

Due to the overwhelming number of teams registering to compete at this year's tournament coupled with the registration time being during the slamministrator's day-job hours, Lake Effect will not be able to compete at this year's Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.  Instead, our team will be competing at the Ohio MeatGrinder Slam on July 16th.


Qualifier #7 at Lit Cafe

AKeemjamal Rollins took first in tonight's slam, with Vertigo capturing second.  A huge thanks to the Literary Cafe for hosting tonight's event, as well as all they have done for the poetry community in the past 26 years.  Tonight was the final poetry event at the Lit, as the bar has been sold and Andy and Linda will be retiring at the end of the month.

The FINAL qualifier of the 2016 season will be April 18th at Cultured Coffee in Canton.

A Last Chance Slam will likely be held at the start of our Grand Slam on April 23rd.  To be eligible to compete in the LCS, you MUST have competed in at least one prior qualifier.  April 18th is your final opportunity to gain eligibility.


Qualifier #6 at Hive Mind

AKeemjamal Rollins won tonight's qualifier slam over Damien McClendon by a 0.1 point margin.  Ephraim Nehemiah was only 0.2 points behind in third place, in a slam where no tens were given.  🙂  Andrew Golden, Skylark Bruce, Vertigo Xavier, and Azriel Johnson rounded out tonight's competition list.

Big thanks to tonight's feature, Eris Venia Eady, and to Hive Mind for hosting our slam!  We hope you all have a fun Holiday (or whichever spring festival you celebrate), and we will see you at the Literary Cafe for the next qualifier on April 9th!


Qualifier Slam #5

Skylark Bruce took the trophy in tonight's poetic battle at Cultured Coffee, and has also moved into the lead in the points race.  Colleen Harrington captured second and Dandy claimed third.

Our next qualifier is this coming Saturday at Hive Mind in Akron with feature poet Eris Venia Eady!

POETS! Remember, to be eligible to compete in the GRAND SLAM on April 23, you MUST have competed in a MINIMUM of two qualifiers.  Only three qualifiers remain.  To be eligible to compete in the LAST CHANCE SLAM at the start of the show on April 23, you must have competed in at least one prior qualifier.