Monday, February 8, 2016

Chemung Shamans Outsider Poetry Slam Team

The Chemung Shamans are pleased to announce our roster for the 2016 Outsider Poetry Slam League of America


The anchor of our team is Raduk. Raduk is a master of Old Testament mix em up poetry, or Brueling as it is called. He has a flair for taking Hebrew or Greek texts and imbuing them with a hip hop flavor that mesemerizes an audience and makes them reconsider their values. 


Ekphrasia is gender fluid. Audiences become fluid under the hypnotism of her poetic spell. Employing Taoist techniques and good old-fashioned assonance, Ekphrasia won the 2015 National Poetry Slam with her performance of "Dry Down There." 

Skip Trypin

Outsider Poet Skip Trypin performing his poem "Real People Get the Blues" on Johnny Carson, 1978.  He is joining the Chemung Shamans Outsider Poetry Slam team this year after being a legend of the independent poetry slam circuit for over two decades. 

The Chemung Shamans take on the Rancho Cucamonga Kookamungas May 14th in the first slam match of the season. The team will be holding a meet and greet/recruitment at the Old Warsaw Pancake House on February 17th at 10 a.m. Poets are asked to bring their strongest work and a donation of a canned good for the Chemung Food Pantry, which is one of the worthy causes the Chemung Shamans supports. 

Upcoming poetry bouts for the Chemung Shamans

May 14th v Rancho Cucamonga Kookamungas Away

May 31 v Kokomo Orators Home

June 7 v Sheboygan Syballists Home

June 22 v Paducah Plain Speakers Away

June 31 National Slam Poetry Federation Championships at Madison Square Garden

Have some Chemung civic pride and come on out an cheer on our boys, girls, etc as they embrak on an Odyssey to bring the Slammie home to Chemung where it belongs.

Special Announcement: We have just learned that the National Outsider Poetry Slam will be televised on TruCrime Network from June 31st through July 4th. We'd like to see some original poetry from Outsider poets, so feel free to send in your original poetry to editor Skip Trypin via email. 

It's official! The OPSLA Slam season starts May 11th at the Outsider Poetry depot in Rockford, Illinois. All eight teams will be competing that night in the first bout of the 2016 season. Celebrity judges will include members of Cheap Trick, WIFR meteorologist Bruce Richardson, and star of stage and screen Bruce Boxleitner.