So here’s what (finally) happened. After 2 years of narrowly missing a slot on the team (I finished 5th by less than a point), I made the 2013 team. If fact, I became Beltway’s Grand Slam Champion. The 1st woman to do so. Double fact, Adele Hampton also made the team so Beltway will have 2 ladies keepin it even more real August 12-18.
- For those of you who don’t know what the National Poetry Slam is, check out: http://nps2013.poetryslam.com/
As someone who has represented DC on the slam circuit in various competitions, I know first hand how expensive it can be. Everyone pays for the chance to be on Finals stage. We are running an Indie GoGo campaign. It would mean the world to me if you’d consider donating and help us get the word out. You could win a Beyonce ticket, a personalized haiku my yours truly, a group piece by the team, chapbook and a custom-made dinner.
I promise I will keep you posted on how we do.
All 3 of my hearts, Natalie
***SPECIAL– Any donation over $40 before 5pm on Friday July 26th will be entered to win one free ticket to Beyonce on Tuesday July 30th at the Verizon Center in DC!!**
WHY DO WE MATTER?
Beltway Poetry Slam is one of DC’s premier spots for performance poetry and art in general. Over the past three years, Beltway has brought new and seasoned poets to the stage, featuring award winning talent from across the country and gaining the attention of local media and arts organizations. We are gearing up to send our third ever team to compete at the National Poetry Slam in Boston and we need your help getting there!
TEAM MEMBERS: Pages Matam, Natalie E. Illum, Adele Hampton, Robalu Gibson, Clint Smith. COACH Chris August