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Women’s Slam 2014

This year’s women’s slam is coming up THIS WEEK at Pressed Cafe! Show at 7:15
Cover = $8 at the door (free for competing poets). All women-identified poets welcome to slam. Who’s gonna be there? 😀

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Reblogged – 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship

The above reblogged post is the (very late) write-up I did of the 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship. Feel free to swing by that blog and read the whole thing, but I’m reblogging it here because of this:
 
“Many of the competitors brought sexually-charged poetry to the stage during Round Two. This is not particularly unusual. It seems that when women poets want to make an impression, we turn up the heat, get sexually explicit, and open up about all those things that Genteel Ladies aren’t supposed to talk about.
I find this intruiging on a few different levels – as a woman who enjoys poetry, as an organizer who encourages women poets to speak openly about sexuality and desire, and as a poet whose work frequently centers on the erotic. I can theorize about this, get bitter about how the manipulation sexual attention is often the “only” power that women are “allowed” to have in Patriarchy, or point you towards Audre Lorde‘s words on the necessity of eroticism for both self-knowledge and the creation of change. But I would rather hear what other women poets’ thoughts on the subject. (Do feel free to talk this up in the comments section, folks. I would love to hear what you have to say).”

I hope you, here, will also comment on this. Thoughts? Theories? Have at it. 🙂

VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship

Reblogging this from VERSeOttawa, because y’all need to check this out:

Come one, come all to the VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship!
 
Where – Mercury Lounge
When – Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Doors – 6:30
Championship Slam – 7pm
Cover – $8
 
Finalists: CauseMo, Dimorphic, D-Lightfull, Elle P, Kay’la Fraser, Freedom Writer, Emelie Jaquez, Kimbit, Missaralee, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, V, and (stepping in for Hannah Christie) Zorah!
 
Last year’s championship show sold out to the point that there was a crowd listening outside the door. With that in mind, you may wish to get there early, in order to make sure you get a seat.
 
This year, 2012 champs Sepideh and Festrell will hand off their crowns to new champions, while their co-champs, Elle P and D-Lightfull will take the stage to compete once more.
 
The competition will be stiff, the poetry will be powerful.
 
You don’t want to miss this show.
 

Kermit Has the Right Idea

Upcoming Events – January 2013

Wednesday, January 9th

 

Voices of Venus ft The Rubies
Venus Envy
Doors and sign-up: 7:30
Show: 8pm
$5/PWYC

 
 

Thursday, January 10th

 
AB Series ft Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart
Raw Sugar
8pm-10pm
PWYC (pass the hat)
 
 

Friday, January 11th

 
Urban Legends ft Kym Dominique Ferguson
Carleton University Architecture Building (1125 Colonel By Drive)
7pm
$8 (performers, volunteers, children get in FREE; $50 to winning poet)
 
 

Saturday, January 12th

 
No Rules Slam ft Dimorphic
Mercury Lounge
Doors and sign-up: 6:30
Slam: 7pm
$8 (free for competitors)
 
 

Thursday, January 17th

 
Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out, Speaking In Series presents “Flying in the Dark” ft Kim Kilpatrick
NAC 4th Stage
7:30pm
$20 at the NAC Box Office
 

Sunday, January 20th

 
Dusty Owl presents Luna Allison and Erin Saoirse Adair
Mug Shots (75 Nicholas – pub inside the old Jail House next to Arts Court)
3pm-6pm
PWYC
 
 

Monday, January 21st

 
Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft CauseMo and Kimbit
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Workshop: 5:30
Slam: 6:30
$2/PWYC
 
 

Tuesday, January 22nd

 
Ottawa Storytellers’ Stories and Tea Series presents “Firsts” ft Anne Nagy and Sherri Yazdani
Tea Party Café (117 York St)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
Tree Reading Series ft Erín Moure
Arts Court Library
Tree Seeds workshop – 6:45pm (Sound Techniques: Voice and Mics Part 2, ft Jennifer Pederson)
Show ft Erín Moure – 8pm
PWYC
 
 

Thursday, January 24th

 
The Factory Reading Series presents Ottawater 9
Contributors include VoV alums Abby Paige, Amanda Earl, Frances Boyle, Ronnie R. Brown, and Pearl Pirie, among many others
Carleton Tavern (Armstrong and Parkdale in Hintonburg)
7pm
PWYC
 
 

Saturday, January 26th

 

VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship
Ft: CauseMo, Hannah Christie, Dimorphic, D-Lightfull, Elle P, Kay’la Fraser, Freedom Writer, Emelie Jaquez, Kimbit, Missaralee, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, and V.
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30
Championship: 7pm
$8

 
 

Sunday, January 27th

 

Bywords presents Bywords Warms the Night – a fundraiser for Cornerstone Women’s Shelter
Ft: Dominique Bernier- Cormier, JC Bouchard, Heather Davidson, cb forrest, Cassandra Nykyforak, & Catherine Ruth Taylor (plus music by Jill Zmud)
Bywords Winter 2013 Edition will be launched at this event
The Manx Pub (Elgin near Gladstone)
5pm-6pm
By Donation (pass-the-hat) – Everyone who donates gets a copy of BQJ Winter Edition

VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam – Q-Round THREE (Last chance to Qualify for the 2013 Championship)

Come out for Q-Round Three
Saturday December 8th at the Mercury Lounge!


 
 
Okay, Cats and Kittens, this is a quick signal-boost for the third and final Qualifying Round for VERSeOttawa’s Women’s Slam is coming up this Saturday December 8th (just under two weeks from today).
 
If you are a lover of competitive spoken word, this is a show to come out for. This slam will determine the final four qualifiers for the Women’s Slam Championship happening in January 2013, and the bar has already been set high since the likes of Dimorphic, Elle P, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Hannah Christie, Kayla Fraser, Freedom Writer, CauseMo, and Missaralee are already lined up to compete on stage in January.
 
For those who identify as both women and slam poets: If you are hoping to qualify for the Championship Round (happening in January 2013), this is your LAST CHANCE to do it. Bring your best work – two pieces, no more than three minutes long – to the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, December 8th and sign up to compete. Everybody slams twice, so if you’re competing, come prepared with two pieces to perform.
 
Date – Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Doors & Sign-Up – 6:30pm
Slam – 7:00pm
Cover: $8 (competitors get in free)

 
 
The Fine Print:
Women who have already earned a spot in the championship round are welcome to sign up BUT slammers who have yet to place get priority on the stage.
If you place twice, you still only get one competition slot at the finals.
 
 

Twelve Poets
Two Rounds
One Last Chance to Make the Finals

Upcoming Events – November 2012

Hey everybody,
Here’s this month’s upcoming events. Big Deals include the Ottawa International Storytelling Festival (three days of nationally and internationally renowned tellers), the When Brothers Speak spoken word concert, the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair (Fall 2012 Edition), and Ivan E. Coyote’s free performance of Gender Failure. Take a look.
 
 
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Friday, November 2nd

 
Speak! Campus Edition ft Sarah Musa, Array-of-Words, and Khaleefa Apollo the Child
Rooster’s Café (Carleton University Unicentre)
7pm
$5
 
Ottawa Storytellers’ Encore West! presents “Variety is the Spice of Life” ft Kim Kilpatrick and Cristina Kindl
Collected Works (Wellington W at Holland)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
AB Series presents Sandra Ridley and Colin Smith
Ottawa Art Gallery
8pm
$10
 
CKCU presents Rock & Rhyme, a fundraiser ft Coleen Leafloor, Shaun “Sully” Sullivan, and others
Avant-Guarde Bar (135½ Besserer St near the Redeau Centre)
8pm
$10 (but they’ll take more, if you can spare it)
 
 

Saturday, November 3rd

 
READING: Josee Lindsay reads from Super Spark
Books on Beechwood
1pm
Free
 
The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Anita Rau Badami, reading from Tell it to the Trees
Sunnyside Branch (Bank at Sunnyside)
2pm
Free
 
Capital Slam ft Chris August
Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market)
Doors & sign-up: 6:30
Slam: 7pm
$8 (free for performers)
 
 

Sunday, November 4th

 
LAUNCH: Bywards Quarterly Journal Fall 2012 Edition
Collected Works
2pm
PWYC
 
Slam Outaouais
Le Troquet (41 rue Laval, Gatineau, Quebec – près de la Promenade du Portage)
7:30pm
$8
Pour les poètes francophones
Prendre le bus 8 à Place du Portage. Vous pouvez facilement gagner à pied Le Troquet de la gare.
 
 

Wednesday, November 7th

 
READING: Kayt Sukel reads from Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex an Relationships.
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
AB Series presents Ian Keteku, John Sobol, Brandon Wint, and John Giorno
NAC 4th Stage
7:30pm
$22 OR $18 for students/seniors (available in advance from the NAC box office)
 
 

Thursday, November 8th

 
READING: Bruce MacDonald reads from The North Star of Herschel Island
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
 

Friday, November 9th

 
Urban Legends poetry slam ft Anastasia
Carleton University Architecture Building
7pm
$8 (free for performers)
 
 

Saturday, November 10th

 
The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Charles Foran reading from Mordecai: The Life and Times
Main Branch (Metcalf at Laurier)
2pm
Free
 
Plan 99 presents Scott Fotheringham & Alice Peterson
Manx Pub (Elgin at Frank)
5pm
$5-$10
 
Ottawa Storytellers present “The Little Iliad” a pre-festival story-and-dance performance ft Peggy Baker
Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)
7pm OR 8pm (two overlapping performances)
$40
Tickets available online.
 
 

Sunday, November 11th

 
When Brothers Speak spoken word concert ft Suhaib Agial, PrufRock Shadowrunner, and others
Ottawa Little Theatre
7pm
$20 ($15 for students) – available at select locations (follow the link to know more)
 
 

Tuesday, November 13th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea: “Beavers, Bears, and Bravado: Tales from Canada” ft. Kathie Kompass and Valorie Bunce
The Tea Party Café (119 York between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8
 
Tree Reading Series presents Oana Avasillichioaei & Glen Downie
Arts Court Library
8pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, November 14th

 

Voices of Venus ft. Joanne John
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)
Doors & sign-up: 7:30
Show: 8pm
$5

 
 

November 15th-18th

Naked Narrative: The Ottawa International Storytelling Festival ft Jan Blake, Annie Fletcher, Michael Kusugak, Kelly Russell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Evan Webber & Frank Cox-O’Connell, and more!
St Brigit’s Cultural Centre
See program for dates and times of specific shows
$110 (full festival pass)
Tickets (for the festival and for individual shows) available online
 
 

Thursday, November 15th

VERSeOttawa and Factory Reading Series present Lectures and Readings by Cameron Anstee, Stephen Brockwell, Pearl Pirie
Mercury Lounge
7:30pm
$10
 
 

Friday, November 16th

 
Ottawa Small Press Book Fair presents a Pre-Fair Reading ft Rachael Simpson, David Blaikie, Christian McPherson, Michael Lithgow, and George Elliott Clarke
Carleton Tavern (Armstrong St at Parkdale)
7pm
$5
 
 

Saturday, November 17th

 
The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair Fall 2012 Edition
Jack Purcell Community Centre (Elgin at Lews), Rm 203
Noon
Free Admission (but be ready to buy some fabulous books… and other literary goodies)
 
The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Helen Humphreys reading from Coventry
Rosemount Branch (18 Rosemount in Hintonburg)
2pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, November 18th

 
Dusty Owl Reading Series presents Mark Goldstein and Spencer Gordon
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington W, in Hintonburg)
3pm
PWYC
 
 

Monday, November 19th

 
Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft D.M.P.
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
5:30 – workshop with Kay’la Fraser
6:30 – sign-up and slam
$2/pwyc
 
 

Tuesday, November 20th

 
AB Series presents a workshop ft Katlin Ladik
City Hall Art Gallery (main floor, Laurier at Elgin)
7pm
PWYC
 
 

Wednesday, November 21st

 
AB Series presents Katalin Ladik and Gerry Shikatani
Arts Court Theatre
7:30pm
Cost Unknown
 
LAUNCH: Flamingo Rampant presents S. Bear Bergman reading from childrens’ books Backwards Day and The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, both of which introduce young readers to the idea of trans-identified and gender independent children
Venus Envy
7:30
Free

 
 

Thursday, November 22nd

 
Gender Failure ft Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon
Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University
7:30pm
Free

 
 

Saturday, November 24th

 
The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Rebecca Rosenblum reading from The Big Dream
Carlingwood Branch (woodroffe at Saville, near Carling)
2pm
Free
 
LAUNCH: Apt 9 Press chapbook launch ft. Phil Hall, Rachel Simpson, and Claudia Coutu Radmore
Raw Sugar (Somerset at Cambridge, near Bronson)
2pm
Free
 
Plann 99 presents Carey Toane & Stewart Cole
Manx Pub
5pm
$5-$10
 
 

Tuesday, November 27th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea: “Slavery in Canada” ft. VoV Alumna Ruthanne Edward
The Tea Party Café (119 York between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8
 
Tree Reading Series presents Daphne Marlatt & David O’Meara
Arts Court Library
8pm
Free
 
 
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So there you have it. A month’s worth of events for spoken word and live-lit lovers alike. If you know of an event that we’ve missed, feel free to drop us a comment and let us know the details. 🙂
 
 
TTFN,
A.