Maria James-Thiaw asked the local slam community advice on how to throw down at a slam contest. This is what they told us!
“Practice. Some practice is better than none.”–Marilyn Kallet
“Winning the slam will never help you win yourself. Win who you are, your purpose.That will always remain in your hands. So always carry your purpose to the stage with you. ” –Slangston Hughes
“Romance the mic and believe that no one else can do that better than you! If you focus on your own performance, there will be no room for comparing yourself to anyone else (which is a BIG wagging, shake-a-finger NO NO!).” –Quill Reed
“…Just like entering the hundred yard dash or a boxing match, you go in to win, connect and show them what you’re really made of figuratively.”–Femi Drifish
“Don’t be self-conscious about your performance — don’t even think about it as a performance, but as you speaking your heart to friends. Everyone supports one another in these. Go!”–Michael Lear-Olimpi
“Slam because you have a story to tell. A poem you have to share. An experience someone else might need to hear on any given Tuesday.” —Dawn Saylor
…and of course, don’t forget to sign up for the 3rd Annual Poetry Slam. Get the details here.