Lake Effect Poetry

Cleveland, Ohio's Poetry Slam Team

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.

Qualifier Slam #4 Results

The fourth Lake Effect qualifier slam was held tonight at Mac's Backs in Cleveland Heights.  Damien McClendon claimed victory with Ephraim Nehemiah in second.  Andrew Golden was robbed of his third-place finish by a two-point time penalty, which put Vertigo Xavier ahead.  This still gave Andrew the point boost he needed to take the lead in the slam season here at the half-way point.

Big thanks to tonight's amazing feature, Eva Barrett, and to Mac's Backs Books on Coventry for hosting us!

Our next qualifier slam will be Monday, March 21st at Cultured Coffee in Canton with feature poets John Burroughs and Mindi Kirchner-Greenway.  After that is Saturday, March 26th at Hive Mind in Akron with feature poet Eris Venia Eady.  A Lake Effect Poetry team will also be competing at a Win & You're In slam in Columbus on March 19th!

Results from Qualifier Slam #3

Big thanks to the Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts for hosting tonight's Lake Effect qualifier!  Feature poet Theresa Göttl Brightman delivered an awesome set, followed by a phenomenal slam.  Andrew Golden took the crown, with Skylark Bruce in second and Azriel Johnson in third.

Our next qualifier will be March 12th at Mac's Backs (Books on Coventry) in Cleveland Heights with feature Eva Barrett!  See you there!

Second Qualifier Slam Results

Azriel Johnson claimed victory in tonight's qualifier slam at Cultured Coffee.  Andrew Golden placed second.

The next qualifier slam will be on February 27th at the Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts, featuring 2012 Lake Effect Poetry slam champion Theresa Göttl Brightman!

First LEP Qualifier Results

Tonight's Lake Effect Poetry qualifier slam was won by Skylark Bruce.  Nikann Charney took second and Zack Lee took third.

The next qualifier will be at February 15th's Writing Knights show at Cultured Coffee in Canton.

Two more qualifiers have been confirmed on the schedule: February 27th at the Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts and March 26th at Hive Mind in Akron.  Two additional qualifiers will be added to the schedule ASAP, at a location in Cleveland.  The GRAND SLAM will be held April 23rd at Hive Mind.