This slam is our second Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier! This is a qualifier where the top two contestants go on for the eventual goal of representing Rain City at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, an international competition put on by Poetry Slam, Incorporated. Poetry Slam, Inc. only asks that representatives be individuals who “live their lives as women.” If this describes you, bring your best 1, 2, and 4 minute poems and compete for a chance to move on to the semifinals!
If you aren’t interested in competing, you should come to watch some of the most amazing women-identifying poets in the area compete for unabashed glory and lame-but-frequently-entertaining prizes!
Jay Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. There is an honest and raw energy released to the audience when his page meets the stage; a story aching to be heard, a salve searching for hearts. Jay, a Callaloo Fellow and Write Bloody Finalist, ranked 14th and 26th in the world for slam poetry and will represent Charlotte for the third consecutive year at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam. He was also Charlotte’s Poet of the Year and SlamCharlotte’s Grand Slam Champion in 2016. He currently serves as a Program Director for BreatheInk, where he facilitates writing and performance workshops and coaches youth poets attending Brave New Voices each year. He has released two full length cd’s of poetry, published the book Life Power Soul in 2009, and is certified to lead writing groups and workshops by Amherst Writer’s and Artists. In addition he has appeared on Fox News, opened for Angie Stone and Georgia Me, featured in many venues throughout the southeast and taught at numerous schools and universities.