It was a sweet welcome back for the long-lost Artie Moffa this week. First, Artie welcomed us to a well-attended workshop on iambic pentameter (don’t forget that we’ve got two more early-bird workshops planned for National Poetry Month). Then, after an excellent open mic, we brought Artie up on stage for a full feature: Artie’s set was jam-packed with limericks, parody, musicality, meter, rhyme and, yes, even some free verse work (thanks to a historic prompt from Adam Stone). Special thanks also go to Kevin Spak, who reprised his famous group piece with Artie as the centerpiece of the set. Our final slam in the 8×8 series was won by Kieran Collier, fresh back from CUPSI, who defeated Sean Patrick Mulroy in the final round.
Next week: we’re back with a workshop on publication by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, then a full feature from this Urbana-NYC slam founder and NEA fellow. We’ll also hold our Last Chance Speed Slam to see who the last poet will be to qualify for our annual World Qualifers. Whoohoo!