Olympia People's Mic, Olympia's only weekly poetry show is holding the biggest baddest production we've ever organized... The 1st [EVER] Olympia Poetry Grand Slam!!!
Seven Olympia poets have earned a spot in this celebration of performance and literature, where they will flex their pens, set fire to the microphone, and stretch their truth-telling to the limit, competing for a place on the 1st ever Olympia team at the National Poetry Slam this August.
Special feature from Seattle Slam Legend, Tara Hardy (www.tarahardy.net)
$10 in advance ($7 for students)
$15 at the door ($12 for students)
**Advance sales end 24 hours before show time**
These poets have been honing their awesome all season, and are bringing their best to the finals stage. The competing poets will be:
Kelly "Shea" Miller
"Sacrificial" poets: Roma Raye & Rebecca Shay
Hosted by Rain City Slam co-founder, and friend of Olympia, Ela Barton!
What is a poetry slam? Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. Check out Poetry Slam Inc's FAQ here: http://www.poetryslam.com/faq/general-faq
***ABOUT TARA HARDY***
"Tara Hardy is a working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, Washington. She is a founding member of Salt Lines, the all woman performance poetry group that tours internationally. By a vote of the people, Seattle City Council named Tara Hardy Seattle Poet Populist in 2002. She is the recipient of the 2011 Washington Poet Association Burning Word Award, and is a member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame. Tara has been a finalist on seven National Poetry Slam stages.
A daughter of the United Auto Workers, and activist in the Battered Women's Movement, Tara is committed to art as a tool for social change. Her work has been published in various journals and anthologies, including the two anthologies by Seal Press, Sex and Single Girls and Without a Net. Tara is a keynote speaker and performer for hundreds of campuses and Take Back the Night, LGBT Pride, Women's History Month, Trans Awareness Week, Kink on Campus, Women's Studies and Lavender graduations, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Coming out Day, and various gender, sexuality, social class, and poetry related events. She teaches workshops on topics such as gender identity, healing from sexual assault through writing, post-assault sexuality, performance poetry, erotic writing, being a working class artist, eating disorders, domestic violence, and anti-oppression/liberation.
Currently, Tara writes within view of the majestic Mt. Rainer, but shes misses the great big Michigan sky that reared her. To contact Tara, or arrange a performance, email email@example.com. Her webpage is www.tarahardy.net "
All proceeds from this event will go towards sending Team Olympia to the National Poetry Slam.
Brought to you by Old Growth Poetry Collective!
Olympia Family Theater Accessibility: For our patrons with mobility challenges, we offer front-row seats and handicap-accessible bathrooms. If you or your companion has a mobility need, please let our box office know when you purchase your tickets and arrive early enough for the show so that we may make any arrangements necessary, without interrupting the show.
***This event is not an Olympia Family Theater organized event. The poets will be traversing a variety of subject matter that may not be appropriate for all ages***