During the last two weeks of my two-year stay in Austin I got to work with these two amazing filmmakers, Illyana Lydia Elizabeth and Breanna Granzow.
They followed me during my last days in Austin and put together a short film for my poem, Troubadour. This is my love letter to the city that broke me and brought me back up onto my feet.
Learn more about Illyana and Breanna
I had to cut off Cecily mid sentence when we drove past Century Link Park so I could shake my fist at the damn thing. I had to do that much at least. I can’t help it, I like this place. Ever since 2001, when I attended the first APIA Summit, I’ve had a certain affection for the city of Seattle. Maybe it was all the mushroom tea we had consistently soaking in a steel pot out in the room where the large group from LA was staying inside, every night one of us turning on the burners to full boil and drawing every last bit of drug out of it’s musty stalk, but I left really wanting to move out here. It never happened. Years later I would cut out to Austin, instead. Both of these places have lots of bearded white guys who wear faded pastel colored t-shirts. I could be in either city and say, this is the district with all the guys that look they’re in Fleet Foxes.
THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.
This week we are featuring, all the way from Saskatoon in the Saskatchewan province, Canada’s Brent Chappell. He’s been making a big splash in the Canadian national scene and this will be his first time featuring in the Bay so let’s give him a warm welcome.
Along with Brent we have Austin slammaster and National Poetry Slam finalist, Danny Strack in the house. It’s about to be another great night of poetry at the slam!
Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.
Your host for the night will be Dre
February 26th The one and only, Taylor Mali
March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 19th Battle of the Bay
THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.
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Berkeley Slam History: http://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/
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Sarah Maria Griffin (or as many of the poets around here like to call her, GRIFF!) came to San Francisco from Ireland in 2012. She immediately made a huge impact in the Bay Area literary scene and has recently released a new book dealing with her experience as an Irish emigre in San Francisco through New Island. She also released a book of poetry in 2011, Follies, through Lapwing Press.
Catch her Wednesday, February 12th at The Berkeley Slam’s F$&* Yeah Valentine’s Day Show at the Starry Plough!