Congrats to SlamCharlotte

For the second year running, the Slam Charlotte team has won the National Poetry Slam championship. Congratulations to the team and to slam master Bluz. You moved us. You made us stand and shout.

Emcee Sonya Renee kept things moving, kept the judges on task, and kept us laughing.

Thanks to all teams for making the trek to the Midwest. I’m elated to learn that Madison will host the Nationals again next year.

Poetry Slam Inc. does a marvellous job of engineering the week-long event, managing volunteers, organizing venues, keeping people happy. It’s inspiring to experience so much energy, so much talent, packed into our little quiet city. I got to talk to Andrea Gibson out in front of the Overture Center. I saw Taylor Mali and Shappy walking around. I experienced the power the talents of Rachel McKibbens and Marty McConnell.

For a couple of nights I was part of their community.

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