Gypsy Poetry Slam, tonight's kickoff event for the 30th Women Writers Conference will be at Victorian Square, when Kentucky's women poets go head to head with poets from across the country in the spoken word showcase known as a poetry slam.
Please note: No poets will be harmed in the making of this event.
Open mic begins @ 6:30.
Rachel McKibbens feature performances @ 7:30 and 8:15
Slam Round I starts @ 7:45
Slam Round II starts @ 8:30
You can find my story in print in this week's Ace Weekly, but here's the raw version:
"First time at a poetry slam? Expecting to see people wearing all black and berets throwing books of poetry at one another across the room? Then read this:
No props, musical instruments, or costumes. Memorization is okay and even encouraged to elicit a passionate performance.
Five judges are selected from crowd members (that means this could really go any way. For the purposes of the Gypsy Slam, one of the judges has been pre-selected, that is, our celebrity feature for the evening). The judges are to judge half on content and half on performance ability out of a score of 10. Decimal points are encouraged to prevent a tie. The highest and lowest scores are dropped. The perfect score is a 30.
A 'sacrificial poet' is asked to go first to demonstrate to the audience what is to come and to break the ice.
The poetry slam is nothing without crowd participation. Favoritism and jeering are highly encouraged at judges scoring. The crowd is the poet's best ally. The crowd should do the best to sway the judges. The judges should do their best not to be swayed by the audience."
Montgomery says, she is "seriously hoping that they don't actually announce our scoring at the end of each round because I am feeling pretty green right now. And as long as there isn't actually a 'last place' I think I'll be okay. Well, It'll be a great new expierence and I suppose as the writer I am right now, that is really all I'm out for and I can't wait to meet all the other women from across the country that will be competing. Also, I am seriously urging every person I know to come, since they will be picking audience memebers to judge."