Literary Publication Expands to Hold First Monthly Poetry Slam
November 20, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Tributaries, the Illinois Wesleyan University student group that
since 1993 has published a fine art and literary magazine of student work, is expanding
into the performance arena by establishing a monthly competitive poetry slam.
The first slam will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hansen
Student Center, 300 Beecher St., in Bloomington.
The event will be free and open to the public.
The evening of poetry will begin with an open mic session, during which any audience
member may read his or her work without the pressure of receiving a score. Afterwards,
senior Steph Hollis and sophomores Kaelyn Riley and Dave Wendler will read their poetry.
The slam, which will follow the reading, will be the culminating event of the evening.
A poetry slam is a type of competitive poetry performance first popularized in Chicago
in the 1980s. Today, most major cities offer a variety of poetry slam venues and there
is a national tournament.
Those wishing to participate in the slam may sign up when they arrive at the Hansen
Student Center on Wednesday evening. Under the direction of the slam masters, senior
Amanda ReCupido and first-year student Mike Whitfield, each participant will have
three minutes to read a poem. After performing, readers will receive a score from
three judges, who will be selected randomly from the audience. After all competitors
have performed, the top three scorers will move on to a second round and perform again.
Ultimately, one reader will be declared the winner of the slam.
Other upcoming Tributaries events include the publication of the fall issue of the
literary magazine, which features the strongest and most original work by IWU students
and will be available on campus in early December.
Also, on Feb. 23 and 24, 2007, Tributaries will host the third annual Tongue & Ink
creative writing conference, which will feature writing workshops and another poetry
slam, in addition to addresses by keynote speakers Kent Johnson, an American poet
who published his own poems under the name of a fictitious Hiroshima survivor named
Araki Yasusada, and Davis Schneiderman, assistant professor of English at Lake Forest
For additional information about the slam, contact ReCupido at firstname.lastname@example.org or Whitfield at email@example.com.
Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181