It’s a special treat when we can get a busy working mom to come all the way from New York City to feature for us on a Wednesday night… So it’s a double-special red-letter day when we get TWO of them at once! Nuyorican all-stars Falu and Mahogany L. Browne, pillars of the Nuyorican poetry scene, brought us an incredible extended double-feature, packed full of great personal and persona work; if you don’t think you learned something, check in with the person you sat next to… Or pick up work from either of them (Mo’s Swap or Falu’s Ten Things I Want to Say to a Black Man, for instance) over at the Penmanship Books website.
After the ladies rocked the stage, eight slammers took a stab at following their show: two first-timers, two folks from north of the border, and a smattering of regulars made up the motley pool. At the end of the the night, Manchester regular Mckendy Fils-Aimé pulled out a 0.1 win over local Emersonian Kieran Collier for the ten dollar prize.
Next week: Sober October kicks off with a bang! Ed Mabrey may have to head to the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam on October 3, but we get him on the last day as the 2012 IWPS champ! This perennial national finalist and recent Katy-Perry-tribute-performer (see: NPS 2013 Finals at Berklee back in August) will grace our stage before he takes off for Spokane the next morning. Naturally, we’ll honor his visit with an 8×8 slam to qualify for the 2014 NPS team.