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Sunday, December 18th @ the Poets' Asylum [Dec. 15th, 2011|09:02 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

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The Poets' Asylum will be celebrating the holiday season this week with a quick feature by Dave Keali'i. David Keali'i is a Native Hawaiian poet who was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2009 he represented Worcester with four other poets at the National Poetry Slam. His work also appears in Assaracus, Radius, and Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English (Whetu Moana, Volume II). He is a Master's of Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and his first collection is forthcoming from Kuleana `oiwi press.

After the feature we'll be holding a Yankee Swap Slam. We'll provide the worst poems we can find (attached to some of the greatest swag ever) and poet's will battle it out to out perform each other. Bring a friend! The more the merrier. Extra points for festive holiday attire.

Join us for the final Asylum reading of 2011 at the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester) to hear some great words. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; $3-5 suggested donations to support the reading & help pay our "rent" greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, December 11th @ the Poets' Asylum [Dec. 8th, 2011|09:00 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

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This week the Poets' Asylum will hold an Upsized Open Mic followed by a feature from "Mighty" Mike McGee. Poets will have the opportunity to perform for up to 10 minutes on the mic. It is a great chance to bring out some of your longer work or do a couple of longer poems which don't fit into our normal format. After the open mic Mike McGee will wow us with his poetic prowess. We look forward to hearing new work and maybe a couple of old favorites as well. It will be great to hear his might voice once again.

Mighty Mike McGee is the first slam poet to win both the American National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (2006). From late 2007 to December 2008 he hosted the San Jose Poetry Slam, with Co-Slam Master Christopher Bundy. Mike has a mighty appetite, an uncanny relationship with ladybugs, several tattoos and siblings, and a passable Scottish accent. He breathes somewhere between Silicon Valley, California and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible. Mike thoroughly enjoys weather, beverages, and the scent of mock orange blossoms in the spring. We welcome him back to Worcester!

Please join us in the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30; the show will start sometime around 7:00 p.m. While there is no cover we request a $3 to $5 donation to support the reading and pay our "rent".
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Sunday, November 27th @ the Poets' Asylum [Nov. 23rd, 2011|08:49 am]
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rwgill
Oh, there's no place like Home for the Holidays! That's right kids. This week we're inviting everyone over for a variety slam, and to help you get your Holiday shopping done. At the end of each round the winner will take home a fabulous prize! Once you've finally woken up from your turkey nap, come on down to the Poets' Asylum for a Holiday themed evening of delight. We're thinking holiday songs, decorations and leftovers. Each round has a theme and a task. Complete the task to move on to the next round.

Please join us in the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30; the show will start sometime around 7:00 p.m. While there is no cover we request a $3 to $5 donation to support the reading and pay our "rent".
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The NorthBeast Regional is Almost Here! - Join us on November 12th & 13th in Worcester [Nov. 9th, 2011|08:45 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

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This week, Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, the Poets' Asylum will welcome poetry slam teams from New England and beyond to the annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam. Eight teams of poets will compete to earn spots at the 2012 National Poetry Slam, as well as to crown a NorthBEAST regional individual champion for 2011. Both shows will take place at the WCUW Radio Station at 910 Main Street in Worcester.

On Saturday, November 12, at WCUW, eight teams will slam off in two Nationals-style "four-by-four" bouts, where four teams go four rounds to see who comes out on top! Doors open at 6:30, the first set will kick off at 7:00 and the second one at 9:00 sharp. The top team from each bout will be guaranteed entry to the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C. Cover charge is $5-$10, sliding scale, and proceeds will benefit the WCUW Radio Station.

The next night, Sunday, November 13, the Poets' Asylum's regular weekly show will feature an individual championship. The top poets from each competing NorthBEAST team will go three rounds to see who will be crowned the 2011 NorthBEAST Champion! Doors open at 6:30 with a short open mic to start the 7:00 show, and the cover charge is $5-$10, sliding scale.

Additional information is available on the Facebook event page.
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Sunday, October 23rd @ the Poets' Asylum [Oct. 20th, 2011|10:07 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

rwgill
Listen up ladies! On Sunday, October 23rd, the Poets' Asylum is having a ladies night. So put on your best shoes and that fancy dress you've been dying to wear out and come on down. We're having our normal open mic, with a twist. If you'd like to read a poem of your own in the open mic, we ask that you also read something by your favorite lady poet. Then we're having a Lady Grab Bag Slam! We're going to put together some of our favorite ladies poems and you all get to slam them doing your best to embody the writer. The winner will get a fabulous surprise prize.

So break out the hair curlers and doll up that beautiful face because tonight, it's all about the ladies. Come down to the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to support the reading & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!
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Sunday, October 16th @ the Poets' Asylum [Oct. 13th, 2011|12:53 pm]
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rwgill
This week the Poets' Asylum welcomes Seren Divine back to our stage. Seren Divine is a feminist, educator, published writer, performance artist, visual artist, producer, and award winning poet. Divine has toured and competed across the country, with over ten years of involvement in the National Poetry Slams; from competition to volunteering, organizing and hosting. Since 2004 Seren has worked as a Professional Performance Poet, leading Performance & Writing Workshops for youth from Queens to Brooklyn, and in colleges and universities along the east coast. Before working with Urban Word NYC, Divine spent 12 years as an Early Childhood Educator. She is also a Teaching Artist with Urban Arts Partnership, formerly known as Working Playground. Seren recently debuted her first multi-media one woman show at New York City's historic WOW Cafe Theater; Be.Here.Now. Seren Divine has five collections in print and two recordings. She has been widely anthologized, and in 2007 in Bowery Women Poems, Bowery Arts & Science, Ltd.

Please join us Sunday night in the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; $3-5 suggested donation to support the & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!

[Seren Divine]
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Sunday, October 9th @ the Poets' Asylum [Oct. 5th, 2011|04:06 pm]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

rwgill
Join us this week at the Poets' Asylum for our Homecoming Reading and a feature by our 2011 iWPS rep, Bobby Gibbs. We're opening up the doors to past, present and future Asylum folks. If you've ever been to the Poets' Asylum, wanted to come or currently come regularly we'd love to have you come down and share your favorite memories, favorite old+new poems and eat some of the delicious creations our organizers and readers have whipped up. After the open mic, we'll have the Poets' Asylum's 2011 iWPS (that's Individual World Poetry Slam) champ, Bobby Gibbs read some of the work that is going to send him on his way to Cleveland, OH next week.

Come down to the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to support the reading & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!

[Bobby Gibbs]
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Sunday, October 2nd @ the Poets' Asylum [Sep. 28th, 2011|03:09 pm]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

rwgill
This week the Poets' Asylum welcomes John "Survivor" Blake as our feature. This is John "Survivor" Blake's sixth year on the poetry scene, second year of sobriety, sixth and seventh chapbooks, and fourth national tour, John is about living in the now! He is a heroin addict/alcoholic turned writer, spoken word artist, lecturer and youth advocate. He has lectured at universities, high schools, detention centers and prisons; and spoken at the Brave New Voices poetry festival. His writing has a reputation for finding the beauty in ugly things and doing this without apology.

Please join us Sunday night in the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; $3-5 suggested donation to support the feature & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!

[John 'Survivor' Blake]
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Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ the Poets' Asylum [Sep. 21st, 2011|10:41 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

rwgill
Join the Poets' Asylum this week for a Back-to-School Slam, a spotlight performance by Tara Harding and a Bake Sale! Members of the 2011 Worcester Youth Slam team will compete against area educators for props and prizes. This event will benefit the Youth Slam to help pay off some of their expenses from their most recent trip to the Brave New Voice event. Plus we are excited to have Seattle poet Tara Harding perform a set for us. She is the author of Bring Down the Chandeliers, published by Write Bloody Press in 2011, and is the current Writer-In-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Last but certainly not least we'll be holding a bake sale to showcase the cooking talents of the Asylum.

Won't you please join us for one hell of a evening? Come down to the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to support the reading & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!

[Tara Harding]
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Sunday, September 18th @ the Poets' Asylum [Sep. 14th, 2011|11:21 am]
Worcester Poets' Asylum

rwgill
Calling all Slam poets in the region. This week the Poets' Asylum will host a Big Money Slam and the winner will walk away with $100! We are hoping to attract some of the best slam poets in the region to the WCUW Front Room (910 Main Street, Worcester) for this two round bout with a big pay-off. Someone is going to go home with some extra cash in their pocket and we want it to be you. Slam sign-up list will go up at 6:30 p.m. Veterans and newcomers to slam are welcome.

Sign-up is on a first come basis. Up to 10 poets will compete in the first round with the top 8 moving on the second and final round. Both rounds will have a 3 minute time limit.

Please join us Sunday night in the WCUW FRONTROOM (910 Main Street, Worcester). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around about 7:00 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to support the reading & help pay our "rent". Hope to see you there!
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