May 27, 2017
Sedona Poetry Slam Presents:
2017 Sedona Poetry Grand Slam
~ Mary D. Fisher Theatre ~
Saturday, May 27, 2017
On Saturday, May 27, the best poets in Arizona will compete in the 2017 Sedona Poetry Grand Slam, hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on 10 FlagSlam National Poetry Slams between 2001 and 2016. Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009. The slam is the climax the 2017 season and the biggest poetry slam of the year because the audience will select the winning foursome and alternate to officially represent Sedona and the Verde Valley at the National Poetry Slam in Denver in August.
All 12 poets get three minutes per round to entertain their audience with their own original work. The poets will be judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam. Poets competed at six slams over the last nine months, earning points through wins just to be able to compete on the Grand Slam stage.
Some of the 12 top poets who will compete on May 27 include: Alaskan-born Flagstaff poet Ryan Smalley who won three Flagstaff Grand Slams from 2014-16, and competed at the national poetry slam in 2015 and 2016; Roanna “Rowie” Shebala, an American Indian spoken word artist, of the Diné Tribe, was born and raised on the Navajo Nation; Lydia Gates is one of the rising new rookies in Northern Arizona. She attended the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas in March and was a second-round finalist for the Flagstaff team last month; Tyler “Valence” Sirvinskas is a performance poet and new media artist based in Arizona. In 2011, he began competing in poetry slams, and represented Flagstaff at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. In 2012, he won the Sedona Grand Slam, and secured another spot on the Sedona team in 2013; Kenneth Kreslake, a longtime member of the art scene, is making his first grand slam debut in Northern Arizona; Alina Perez, a graduate of Sedona Red Rock High School, is a new voice on the scene and a local favorite; Robert Chandler Gonzales can entertain, amuse, offend and inspire with equal aplomb, often in the same poem.
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