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Not Your Typical Poetry Event.
Tired of tired rhyme schemes? Sick of lovesick poets reading sappy R&B-esque lyrics? It’s time to give The Philadelphia Poetry Slam at PhilaMOCA (531 North 12th Street), a try on Friday December 7th. Poetry workshop 7:30, doors 8:30, slam 9:00.
The poetry slam, a competition between poets judged by members of the audience is open to all performers, of any age. You may hear a poem about the grammatical correctness of Lil’ Wayne metaphors or the charm of a city sunrise.
December 7th‘s out of town feature is Caroline Rothstein. Rothstein was a member of the 2010 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team, which placed second at the National Poetry Slam in 2010. Rothstein is the author of After Leo Tolstoy (the 19th century Russian writer) and has had a video of one of her poems tweeted by Lady Gaga.
From 7:30 to 8:30pm, Caroline Rothstein facilitates a writing workshop that is free for attendees of The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam. At 9 sharp, Rothstein performs a set original work. Local spotlight Manchilde will perform between rounds of the slam.
“Imagine a subdued, finger snapping, incense burning poetry event, we are not it” says co-host and ‘08 & ‘09 Philadelphia Grand Slam Poetry Champion Alyesha "Ms." Wise. “We have fun, we dance, we gently heckle and we get excited about good writers and performers.”
The Pigeon's web series of 1 on 1 Street Slams is available on YouTube. Watch the first episode of the 2nd season. Winners get a guaranteed spot in The Philadelphia Poetry Slam. http://www.youtube.com/
For more information, visit www.thephillypigeon.com.