The six poets invited to perform are drawn from the Berkshire area as well as New York City. The WXW Winter Invitational Slam will pit the six poet/performers against each other for fun and prizes, with a twist. Prior to each round of poems, an audience member will draw a special condition from a hat. The conditions may apply to the poets content or to their presentation. The imposing of conditions or limitations to a round is intended to complicate the poets’ competitive strategizing, forcing them out of their comfort zone.
Berkshire poets include teacher and poet Curtis Asch, a two-time WXW Poetry Slam champion; author, teacher/mentor Elizag, a WXW Poetry Slam runner-up and recent finalist at the Urbana Poetry Slam; and WXW audience favorite Seth Brown, author, member of the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, former stand-up comic, and WXW 2010 Poetry Slam champion.
New York poets include WXW alum (2011) Omar Holmon, a four-time grand slam champion (twice Loserslam Grandslam, Nuyorican Grandslam and Urbana GrandSlam); Ian Khadan, poet, editor, producer, performance coach and curator (Urbana Poetry Slam); and Jared Singer, who has appeared on the Indiefeed Performance Poetry Podcast and represented NYC with the Urbana Slam team at the National Poetry slam multiple times.
Berkshire-based poet, mentor and teacher Melissa Quirk will host the WXW Winter Invitational Slam.
Admission is free.