Cantabbers, thanks to you all, it’s official: we have raised 100% of the funds required to ship and house Bobby Crawford for the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington! Thanks to your generous attendance at this spring’s selection slams, plus last night’s send-off feature, we even had enough to get a round-trip ticket to bring him home at the end of the tournament. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who helped us reach our goal for Bobby; if you are a fan and would like to make an additional contribution, we encourage you to pick up Bobby’s chapbook at the next show.
…That is, if you can even handle the next show after having your poetry bones rattled this hard this past week! We only get to send one poet to IWPS all year, so the traditional send-off is a demanding one-hour feature slot for the big winner. Bobby rose to the challenge with ease and presented a fabulous three-act feature, performing a range of slam hits and brand-new work, as well as making room for a favorite group piece and a memorable cover of the late and great David Blair. We are exceptionally proud to have this talented poet represent us in international competition this year.
Next week: do you think you can handle Mo and Falu? You can’t handle Mo and Falu! –Which is exactly why you should come get all your facial features blown back by the incredible NYC double-feature from Mahogany L. Browne and Jennifer Falu next week. Assuming these amazing women don’t trigger a total poetic apocalypse before midnight, we’ll also be holding our next open poetry slam in the 8×8 series. Be there or regret your life choices!