St. Catharines Poetry Slam and OPIRG Brock are partnering together to bring a special on campus edition of our monthly poetry slam!
Doors @ 7:00 pm | FREE! | Brock University Welch Hall 207
+ open mic & SLAM!
FEATURING: Mona Mousa
Mona is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker living in Toronto Ontario. Having toured actively over the course of her 10 year poetry career. Last year alone Mona booked over 200 shows all over North America. Having taught in such places as the University of Hawaii, Yellowknife, and Louder Than a Bomb's home office Young Chicago Authors, it is obvious that she has a strong passion for teaching.
When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of her community as founder and director of Feather & Anchor, a talent management agency serving performance artists from the BIPOC & LGBT Communities. Over the past 10 years Mona's mission has been to work to empower communities to engage in discussion. Her Work audaciously & unapologetically centres around themes of identity and race politics, Gender and sexual diversity, and femme visibility.
She’ll often say it’s a political statement just to leave home some days, but if her written and performance work is indicative of anything, it’s of a person who has seen a world of pain love and growth, with imagery that is compassionate towards humanities search for truth and justice.
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More questions? Clarification? Feel free to ask!
No props or costumes; Each poem lasts 3:10 with point deductions for going over time; All poems must be original work; No hate speech; Poems are judged based on content and performance by 5 randomly chosen audience members.
We plan for a two round slam, but the round structure could be changed at the slam depending on how many poets we have. Poets looking to compete, be prepared with three poems. Every slam will be at least two rounds, with the possibility of a third. Don't leave the ruckus at home, bring it to the stage!
THIS SLAM WILL PAY $50 TO THE WINNING POET!
Open Mic: ANYONE AND EVERYONE, come sign up before we begin and share your talents with us! Anything from poetry, to tap dancing, to music or whatever your talent may be.
THE SLAM COMMUNITY:
We have formed our 5th annual team and slamming during our season as a slam, regularly slamming poets will have a chance to accumulate points towards a spot on the St Catharines Poetry Slam Team! BUT that will be just one aspect of what we hope to foster into a larger spoken word community. We hope to bring as many different people to our stage as we can - helping new artists find their voice, established artists grow in new ways, and changing the lives of our audience one night of performance at a time!
For that we need your help!
On slam nights we are looking to feature a WIDE VARIETY of local talent in the OPEN MIC and diverse local poets in the SLAM! If you have ever, even once though of participating, please come out and sign up!
Every show needs an AUDIENCE! So, we also of course invite poets and poetry lovers from all over to come lend us your talent and your ears and make this night as awesome as it’s ever been! Did you know you could even JUDGE?? Just ask us about it!
St. Catharines Poetry Slam works to prioritize marginalized and oppressed voices and is being organized with the intention of being intersectional. This space is an accountable one, which means that you accept the consequences of your actions and words. St. Catharines Poetry Slam acknowledges and challenges the homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, ablism and other forms of oppression that have been experienced, observed and voiced by members of our community. Anyone engaging in these and other oppressive behaviours and/or language should expect to hear about it and may be asked to leave the space.
Keep in touch with us:
OPIRG Brock: www.facebook.com/opirgbrock