Date of Press Release: February 12, 2013
For the first time, Woosh Kinaadeiyí February slam and open mic is coming to the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. According to organizers, “Whether you're recovering from a lovey dovey haze, or a V-Day Hate Hangover, we want to see you there. Join us for a "Sweet and Sour" slam, in honor of Valentine's Day. Whether it's your date night or no date night, we wanna hear your lovely voice.”
In the fourth slam of Woosh Kinaadeiyí's third season, Juneau's spoken word artists will come together to do battle in the friendliest competition in town. Performers of all types are encouraged to take part in the non-competitive open mic portion of the evening, while original poetry is welcome in the slam.
MCs are UAS Art major Kate Laster, Class of ’13 and UAS alumni and Outstanding Humanities graduate Jacqueline Boucher, Class of ’12. DJ Manuel Hernadez will be spinning tunes in between “a hurricane of steamy stanzas and salty strophes and riptides of spoken word,” writes Laster.
Friday, Feb. 15, Egan Lecture Hall. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Here is a sample poem in progress posted on the Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam Facebook page by regular slam poets Daniel Kantak and Bill Merk:
Sunrise comes early;
Sunsets linger over Spring's green fingers
Unfolding new from the heart of winter's fist.
Sisikins and crossbeaks, finches,
Drop through holes in blue/grey sky,
Their songs spilling like marbles
Across the hardwood glaze of a newly-polished floor.
Like coming up from undersea, this feeling,
The sense of having risen to a waiting beach,
Your body stretching out the cramps of heavy sleep;
A lake of darkness draining
Exposes the bones of memory, gratitude, and lust.