The 2013 RC Slam Team…

22 Jul

Happy Birthday, gaelle robin!!!!

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Member of the 2013 Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team, gaelle win robin is a queer writer & printer from a small town in the crossroads of rural maine invested in creating safer spaces, empowering alliances, and intentional communities.  they have self-published three chapbooks: ad nauseum, harbors, and nightmares (split with kristina buckley).  when gaelle is not playing the part of worker-owner at local sprouts cooperative, pressperson at poet rising project, and contributor at comehell.wordpress.com, they hide in the corners of time catching up on sleep, dreaming, climbing things, collecting trinkets and treasures, exploring small spaces, thinking about obscurities, huddling, feeling, observing, and praising natural light.

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The 2013 RC Slam Team…

8 Jul

Matthew Wellman

is an artist, musician, and performance poet living in Portland, ME his most recent project is a performance art/poetry/music project called Information Concentrate dealing with technology and the human condition. He is on the 2013 Rythmic Cypher Slam team and is the first-ever Rhythmic Cypher Individual World Slam Rep for 2013.  He could not be more happy after finding such an amazing group of artists in such a wonderful Community. “We have no limits except those we create for ourselves.”

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The 2013 RC Slam Team…

1 Jul

For the next few weeks, The Poet Rising Project will be highlighting one member of the team each week leading up to the National Poetry Slam.  Our hope is you will like our team so much you will want to celebrate them by making a financial contribution to help send them off the the National Poetry Slam in Boston NEXT MONTH!!!!

Introducing….

Robin Merrill  

is a Maine-based freelance writer/editor. Current clients include Bible League International, World Outreach International, and Tangerine Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

She has written five children’s books, all available through Scholastic. Two poetry collections have been published by Moon Pie Press. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe ReviewLedge MagazineMargiePearlSpoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels and  has featured at dozens of venues all over New England and New York.

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2013 NorthBeast Regional Slam

27 May

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The Poet Rising Project Presents Our First Annual NorthBeast Regional Slam Sponsored by Mayo Street Arts

Join us for a showdown of prolific proportions when the TOP FOUR SEATED TEAMS  in the NorthBeast Region slam-off for a GRAND PRIZE OF $150!!!

POWER TEAMS INCLUDE:

BOSTON POETRY SLAM

The mission of the Boston Poetry Slam is to foster new work and new voices in performance poetry, to drive the evolution of the genre, and to promote poetry to the widest and most diverse audience possible using the nurturing environment of the open mic, the appeal of compelling featured poets, and the competition of poetry slam.

http://bostonpoetryslam.com

Team Members:  

Ed Wilkinson, Omoizele Okoawa, Jade Sylvan, Nora Meiners, Sean Patrick Mulroy

LIZARD LOUNGE

The Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam and Slam is an award winning weekly feature of the Lizard Lounge located at 1667 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge MA. The Jam and Slam happen every Sunday night at 7:30PM and are hosted by Joyce Cunha, Arthur Collins and Jeff Robinson. A featured poet, sometimes of national prominence, performs each week, and The Jeff Robinson Trio, a collective comprising of three of Boston’s most well known and heralded musicians, lays down the musical foundation for spoken word performances that have made this event a must see for over 15 years. If you are local to the Boston area, or visiting for the very first time, you owe it to yourself to check out this amazing night — you will never think of live poetry in quite the same way again.

http://poetryjam.org/

Team Members:  

Rudy Cabrera, Janae Johnson, Porsha O., Neiel Israel, Harlym 1two5

SLAM FREE OR DIE

Slam Free or Die is presented by Russian Roulette Productions at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester, NH. This open mic poetry night is every Thursday from 7-11 pm and there is a $3 cover. Each week, there is an open mic, and some weeks offer featured poets and poetry slam competitions. Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St) is located next to Arms Park. The show is all-ages and there is plenty of free parking! Please use the entrance on the side of the building facing the river. Come on down, recite poetry, tell stories, do free-verse, whatever! The first rule is… there are no rules… you can also contact us at SlamFreeorDie@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/slamfreeordie

Team Members:  

Sam Mercer, Kayla Wheeler, Mark Palos, Tim Hopkins, McKendy Fils-Aime

RHYTHMIC CYPHER

The Poet Rising Project Presents, “Poetry with a Beat,” a.k.a. Rhythmic Cypher, a dynamic poetry open mic with musical accompaniment featuring local, regional and national poets, storytellers, musicians and the occasional touring circus.  Our stage is a canvass for the improvisational collaboration of performers to create a live piece of art cooperatively.  Every Sunday, 5:30 tea time, 6pm workshop, 7pm-10pm show at Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street – Portland, Maine!

We are also Portland’s Home of the 3-2-1 SLAM (every 4th Sunday), NERD SLAM, & HAIKU DEATHMATCH.

https://poetrising.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RhythmicCypher

Team Members:  

Princess, TLove, Robin Merrill, Sarah Lynn Herklots, gaelle robin

(Alternate:  Matthew Wellman)

RC Slam Team Benefit – Saturday, May 25th

13 May

Please join us for the Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team Benefit featuring the 2013 RC Slam Team, Jeanann Verlee & James Rossi

Saturday, May 25th, 7-10pm at St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center

Buy your tickets for ONLY $10 now at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/371372

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Congratulations to our very first Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team

29 Apr

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(left to right back row) TLove, Sarah  Lynn Herklots, Princess, Robin Merrill

(left to right front row)  gaelle robin with RC alternate, Matthew Wellman)

Representing Rhythmic Cypher for the first time in her-story at the 2013 National Poetry Slam August 13th-17th in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville, Massachusetts…

Viniecia “Princess” Jones 

is a slam poet who resides on the West End of Portland, Maine.  Princess has been performing slam poetry since 2010.  She is an advocate for women’s rights and empowering women to find thier voices to speak out.  In her free time she enjoys writing short stories, spending time admiring the beauty of Maine and discovering more reasons to fall in love with life.

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T Love Smith

co-hosts the three-year running, weekly poetry open mic with musical accompaniment, Rhythmic Cypher (HOME OF THE 207 3-2-1- SLAM) in Portland, Maine which features local, regional and national performance poets, musicians and the occasional travelling circus.

In 2009, TLOVE competed at the National Poetry Slam and was the Individual Slam Champion for Portland.  The same year, she co-produced her first chapbook, Butch Poets:  A Redefining of Masculinity and a Reclamation of Butch with local jazz poet, Lady Zen.

TLOVE was recently published by Moon Pie Press in an anthology, Passion and Pride:  Poets supporting Equality with New England Poet Laureates, Betsy Sholl, Bruce Spang, John-Michael Albert, Martin Steingesser and Annie Finch, Pat Smith Ranzoni, and many other great local poets.

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Robin Merrill

is a Maine-based freelance writer/editor. Current clients include Bible League International, World Outreach International, and Tangerine Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

She has written five children’s books, all available through Scholastic. Two poetry collections have been published by Moon Pie Press. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe ReviewLedge MagazineMargiePearlSpoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels and  has featured at dozens of venues all over New England and New York.

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Sarah Lynn Herklots

is a performance poet and self-identified Crafty-Femme with a deep love of trees, poetry and fancy things.  She represented Portland, ME in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Denver in 2012 where she placed in the top 15.

She believes in poetry as a tool for transformation and healing. She works hard to dismantle her own shyness and fear of embarrassment by telling on herself for just about everything.

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gaelle robin

gaelle win robin is a queer writer & printer from a small town in the crossroads of rural maine invested in creating safer spaces, empowering alliances, and intentional communities.  they have self-published three chapbooks: ad nauseum, harbors, and nightmares (split with kristina buckley).  when gaelle is not playing the part of worker-owner at local sprouts cooperative, pressperson at poet rising project, and contributor at comehell.wordpress.com, they hide in the corners of time catching up on sleep, dreaming, climbing things, collecting trinkets and treasures, exploring small spaces, thinking about obscurities, huddling, feeling, observing, and praising natural light.

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Please help us send our first-ever slam team to the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston in August.

Get your tickets now for our BIG fundraiser featuring us with special guest, Jeanann Verlee & music by James Rossi & Au Contraire.

To read more go here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/111100535727028/

or just buy tickets here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/371372

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National Poetry Month with The Poet Rising Project

1 Apr

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The Poet Rising Project is celebrating National Poetry Month by helping to bring you several amazing events.  Be sure to mark your calendars now because you don’t want to miss any of these.

Friday, April 5th, 5:30-9pm at Local Sprouts – 649 Congress Street

FREE and open to the public – please tip your artists and cafe workers

– Poetry Month Kick-off Group Art Show Featuring Antonia Lassar, dj Lonzo and a local poetry showcase!!  Also, a sculpture performance by Kevin Gallagher and Jonah Fertig!!!

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Saturday, April 6th, 7-9pm at Dreamship Studios – 15 Boynton Street

$10 suggested donation includes cheesecake!!!

The God Box with Antonia Lassar

A “bagels and schmeaaah” mother discovers her daughter wasn’t a
practicing Jew. God forbid! The God Box is a hilarious and poignant
tale of family, faith, and the best cheesecake in the universe.

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Sunday, April 7th, 6-10pm at Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Rhythmic Cypher Indy Slam Qualifier

(Last Chance Team Qualifier)

hosted by Antonia Lassar with Robin Jellis

6pm workshop with Antonia Lassar:  Antonia will draw on her years of theatre experience combined with her
performance poetry chops to create an active workshop focused on the
particular needs of the performing poet. She will lead a performance
workshop exploring how images in writing can become images in
performance. Participants may bring a poem (memorized or not) to
workshop, or participate without a particular work in mind.

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Saturday, April 13th, 11am-2pm at Dreamship – 15 Boynton St

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Poetry Month Brunch Showcase featuring local poetry showcase 

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Sunday, April 14th, 6-10pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Rhythmic Cypher Team Semi-Finals hosted by William James with Shane Hall

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Saturday, April 20th, 11am-2pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Poetry Month Brunch Showcase featuring local poetry showcase 

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Sunday, April 21st, 6-10pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Rhythmic Cypher Team Semi-Finals Slam hosted by Lauren Elma Frament featuring Rea Sowan with Travis Mencher

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Wednesday, April 24th, 7-9pm – Local Sprouts – 649 Congress Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Stonecoast Reading Series:  National Poetry Month Featuring Annie Finch

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Thursday, April 25th, 6-9pm – Portland Pottery Cafe – 118 Washington Avenue

Portland Youth Slam Featuring Molly Stewart

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Friday, April 26th, 7-10pm – Unity College – 90 Quaker Rd, Unity, ME

FREE and open to the public/$10 buy-in slam

Imagine Unity:  Slam for the Future 

Over $1500 in cash prizes

To pre-register email name, stage name, city traveling from, phone number and email to tnsmith00@gmail.com

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Saturday, April 27th, 2:30-5pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/please tip your artists and servers

Poetry Month Brunch Showcase featuring Dominique Ashaheed with local poets

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Saturday, April 27th, 7-10pm – Mayo Street Arts – 10 Mayo Street

$10 in advance/$15 at door

Order tickets now:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/360881

2013 Rhythmic Cypher Poetry Slam Team Fundraiser #1 Featuring Marty McConnell & Dominique Ashaheed plus the RC Regional Slam Team with music by Speaker for the Dead and Au Contraire

https://www.facebook.com/events/492920760758769/?fref=ts

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Sunday, April 28th, 6-10pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

FREE and open to the public/tip your artists and servers

Rhythmic Cypher Team Finals Slam hosted by Dominique Ashaheed with music by James Rossi

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And we are extending the celebrating into May with these great events:

Saturday, May 25th, 7-10pm – St. Lawrence Arts – 76 Congress Street

2013 Rhythmic Cypher Poetry Slam Team Fundraiser #2 Featuring Jeanann Verlee with music by James Rossi and Au Contraire

$10 in advance/$15 at door

Order Tickets NOW:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/371372

https://www.facebook.com/events/111100535727028/?fref=ts

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Sunday, May 26th, 6-10pm – Dobra Tea – 151 Middle Street

Rhythmic Cypher 3-2-1 SLAM Featuring Laura Brown Lavoie with music by TBD

6pm workshop with Laura Brown Lavoie –