The Slam Society is running its last event of the semester 4pm–7pm next Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Harbor Gallery on the 1st floor of McCormack Hall:
– Open mic
– Feature from guest poet Eve Ewing
– CUPSI team selection finals
– Ohio poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will MC
Over the past semester UMB students have slammed at our events, with the top scorers winning eligibility to compete in this final battle on Dec. 8! The top five poets will earn a spot on a first-ever UMass Boston CUPSI team. The team will travel to Austin, TX and represent our university at the premier slam competition for colleges, CUPSI.
The event next Tuesday will begin shortly after 4pm with a 45 minute-long open mic, where performers are allotted a 5-minute time slot. Spots in the open mic are reserved on a "first-come first-serve" basis. Find the sign-up sheets at the entrance of the Harbor Gallery or circulating the crowd. Musical performances are discouraged on the open mic, and any props, costumes, or musical accompaniment are explicitly prohibited for competitors in the slam. After the open mic, Eve Ewing will perform:
Ewing is an essayist and poet. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Currently, she is co-director of the Crescendo Convening and Literary Festival, and an editor and staff writer for Seven Scribes. Formerly, she has served as managing editor for Kinfolks: a journal of black expression. She is also an organizer of the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts youth poetry slam. She has been a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a recipient of a scholarship from the New Harmony Writers Workshop, and a semi-finalist for the Pamet River Prize.
More information on the website
of the event.