NPS 2015 was originally set to be in Newark, NJ, but something happened behind the scenes (I don't know details but would guess it has something to do with venues and money) that has led to this year's National Poetry Slam returning to Oakland, CA. While this is great for NPS, as the team in Oakland did a terrific job running 2014's event and is sure to put on another spectacular show, it does leave Lake Effect Poetry facing the same problem as last year. The cost of getting a team from Cleveland to the west coast is greater than we are able to raise funds for. Unfortunately, this means we won't be competing at NPS again.
The Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, however, will be in Rockford, IL on June 19 and 20, and is within our reach.
Without the need to adhere to PSI's rules for team selection, we will be simplifying how our 2015 team is selected. We will hold four slams between March and May in Canton, Akron, and Cleveland. The winner of each slam will take a spot on the team.
Monday, March 16, 6:00 PM – Writing Knights: Stark at Cultured Coffee – 309 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM – Night Murmurs at Polymer City Records – 730 Portage Trail Ext. W Akron, OH 44313
Saturday, April 18, 6:00 PM – Stardust Poetry at Karma Cafe – 4339 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718
Monday, May 4, 7:30 PM – Monday at Mahall's Poetry and Prose Series at Mahall's – 13200 Madison Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107
Poets may compete in as many of these slams as they wish, however a NO REPEAT rule will be in effect. Repeating a poem used in a previous slam will result in an automatic score of 0. Once a poet has won a slam, they can still compete at later events but will not be in contention for a second spot on the team. (There's only one of you and we need four poets to fill the team roster.) Each slam will have a 3 minute rule, with a 10 second grace period and then one-half point deducted from the score every 10 seconds. No props, no costumes, no musical instruments, and must be your own material. All the regular rules. Every effort will be made to have five judges for each slam, but if unbiased judges are in short supply we will make due with just three.
Some smaller fundraising events will likely be scheduled leading up to the Rustbelt slam. The team will leave for Rockford, IL on Thursday, June 18 and return to Ohio on Sunday, June 21. (It is a 9 hour drive, and just once I would like to know what it is like to be well-rested before a major slam competition.)
Please help spread the word about these team selection slams! We want them to all be STANDING ROOM ONLY events! Bring a friend (or five)!