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Union Square Slam: Billy Tuggle, Wil Gibson and Open Slam #2

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Union Square Slam: Billy Tuggle, Wil Gibson and Open Slam #2
October 18, 2016 7:00 PM
October 18, 2016 9:30 PM
Union Square Slam
October 17, 2016
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
212 620 7310 ext. 300
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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Union Square Slam is super excited to host our second of six chances to qualify for our Team Selection Finals in April. To boot, we have an exciting feature for you: The Griot and Troubadour tour, Wil Gibson and Bill Tuggle!!!

6pm: Free Writing Workshop
7pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8pm: Slam Round One (8 poets)
8:30pm: Features
9pm: Slam Rounds 2 and 3 (5 and 3 poets, respectively)

$5 Admission // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About Our Features:

Wil Gibson is a writer that has lived in a lot of places or passed through them at some point, but has only called a few of them home. He currently lives in Humboldt County, California where the trees are big. He has had 4 collections published by kind people, and has been included in a number of anthologies and lit mags both online and in print. He was a founding member of Port Veritas in Portland, Maine, has been featured on Button Poetry, and has been on 7 National Poetry Slam teams from coast to coast.

You can find links to books and more info at

Billy Tuggle a.k.a. Karma Threesixty is a vocalist, performance poet, mentor, student, and HipHop culturalist. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Chicago multimedia arts collective PolyRhythmic and, in 2009, co-founded the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club with Andi Kauth. Billy has co-hosted “In One Ear” at the Heartland Café since 2008 with Pete Wolf. As of 2010, Billy is a member of the Arkansas Grand Slam organizing committee.

Billy has been published in such anthologies as The Columbia Poetry Review #14, The 16th & Mission Review, Minglewood Haiku and Learn Then Burn. His first chapbook, Conscience Under Pressure, was published by Fractal Edge Press. Since 2004, he has recorded and released 3 CDs: Flawed Glory (Live Mental Graffiti), Syllabalistics 101 with DJ Risky Bizness, and Turnstyles. In the independent film Urban Poet [New Film Productions, 2002], he played himself.

Billy has been active in the Temple of HipHop for over a decade. Music and poetry have led him to share stages with Brother Ali, Pevin Everett, the Large Professor, Denizen Kane of Typical Cats, DJ Spinna, Jesse De La Pena, Saul Williams, KRS-ONE and “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox.

Billy has represented the Chicago area at the National Poetry Slam 7 years running. Other slam accomplishments include Rustbelt Regional champion- 2006, finalist 2008; Chicago Grand Slam Champion- 2008; NPS semifinalist 2006, 2008; Arkansas Grand Slam finalist and Grand Haikuster- 2009; Lethal Poetry/Chicago Grand Slam Champion 2010. Other teammates and collaborators have included Def Poets Nikki Patin, Marty McConnell, Alvin Lau and Death From Below plus Tristan Silverman, Jon Sands, Laura Yes Yes and JW Baz; all inter/national slam competition finalists. Billy has been a regular volunteer for the Women of the World Poetry Slam, Louder Than A Bomb, the Chicago youth slam, and Brave New Voices.

Billy has also appeared in the educational video Literature Launchers for McGraw-Hill. He has performed, facilitated workshops or has just plain spoken to students at or for the University of Chicago; Columbia College (Chicago); Northwestern University; the University of Minnesota; the University of Connecticut; Hampshire College (Massachusetts); the University of California-Santa Cruz; Humboldt State University, and, in addition to other colleges across America, middle and high schools all over Chicagoland.