Gentle Poetry Slam II set for First Night
By Susan Johnson
By Susan Johnson
The Second Annual First Night Gentle Poetry Slam will be held from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Sunday, December 31, at Mystic Cafe, Stewart Square. Everyone is invited!
David Ross, slam master, explained the rules. Poets will compete in three categories: Youth, Adult and (new this year) Audience Improv. Participants are asked to bring three original poems (up to 50 lines eachexcept improv). Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.
In all three categories, stated Ross, we will have $25 cash for first prize. Second prize will be $15 gift certificates from local book stores, and third prize will be First Night souvenirs on sale that nightflashlights, T-shirts, caps, etc.
Ross was gratified at the reception the poetry slam had last year. Since it went over so well last year, they asked me to come back this year, said Ross.
What is his own writing background? I am the creative writing teacher at Boylan and Rock Valley College, Ross explained. I do poetry and drama and story funshops (as opposed to workshops). I just retired a few months ago as editor of the Rockford Review [publication of the Rockford Writers Guild] for 10 years.
Ross was pleased to add something new to the Slam. The Audience Improvs is a new category this year, he said. After the youth and adult rounds, Ill open it up to everybody whos there and wants to try this. Im hoping that people who see what a slam is like will give it a try. It will be an open invitation for everyone in the audience to give it a try. I will give them the ideathe seed of an idea, give them some time to either compose in their head or compose on paper. I will have paper and pencils out on the cafe tables. Give them a chance to compose and perform based on the idea that I gave them. Its not one that you can prepare for; its going to be thinking on your feet and then performing spontaneously.