Loser Slam, New Jersey's longest running nationally recognized poetry slam, is hosting an OPEN SLAM, meaning it is free and open to anyone who wishes to compete (that gets there in time to sign up ;).
There will also be an OPEN MIC before the slam.
Fans, friends, poets, performers, people of all backgrounds,
histories are welcome to poem or to spectate. Do engage or not engage each othere. Loser Slam has a goal to foster a safe space.
*Ask about how volunteering with Loser Slam can get you points toward our finals in May.
The feature will perform between the open mic and the slam.
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Some words on our February feature:
"Hanif Abdurraqib is everyone's favorite poet right now"
- William Evans, author of lowercase boy
"Hey, I was pretty drunk most of the time you were reading. But I think I liked the last one."
- Some guy in Chicago
And if that didn't sell you, here is some more information.
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and dessert enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015. His work has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. He has been nominated for the pushcart prizee, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press.
He is also an essayist, with a focus on music and culture at the intersection of race, gender, and American history. Sometimes he writes silly things about rap to make people (mostly himself) laugh.
Also equipped as a teaching artist, he has conducted workshops and given readings across the country, from coffee shops, to colleges. Believing that great art works on both the page and the stage, he occassionaly dabbles in the art of poetry slam, placing 4th overall at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine and an interviewer for Union Station Magazine. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.
Check him out here: http://www.abdurraqib.com/