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???