Wednesday, April 11, 2012
4/14: OUTSpoken Queer Poetry Event
Reminder that the next OUTSpoken Queer Poetry Slam and Open-Mic is happening this Saturday, April 14th, 6 pm at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE. Sign-ups will begin at 5:30 pm.
You don't want to miss our talented feature: local poet and activist, Amanda Rich! Amanda was born and raised in Idaho. She started writing poetry at 11, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and William Butler Yeates. Her life and therefore her poetry took a turn towards the radical somewhere in the late 90's when she reached for Marge Piercy, June Jordan and Ani Difranco. Moving to Albuquerque, coming out and reading poems into a microphone for the first time all happened around the time in 2001. These days she can be found farming in the South Valley, getting arrested at the county clerk and reading Rumi and her new favorite, Naomi Shihab Nye.
The slam, open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets, will be under the usual slam rules --- 3 minutes per poem with a ten second grace period; no props, music, or costumes allowed. Audience judges rate the poems on a scale of 1-10. The top 3 poets will earn a spot to compete in the championship slam at PrideFest in June.
The open-mic is open to ALL voices and each poet will have 5 minutes.
Topics for poetry are OPEN for both the open-mic and the slam.
OUTSpoken Queer Poetry Slam and Open-Mic is sponsored by ABQSlams, Albuquerque Pride, Winning Coffee Co., and the Local Poet's Guild.
OUTSpoken’s Queer Poetry Slam and Open-Mic’s mission is to create a dynamic and safe space for queer performance artists to develop and share their creative voices publicly through collaboration with each other, establishing bonds with national queer communities and their straight allies, and promoting outreach and education to Albuquerque’s artistic and local community.