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Union Square Slam presents Jeanann Verlee and WOWPS Qualifier #1

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Union Square Slam presents Jeanann Verlee and WOWPS Qualifier #1
September 6, 2016 7:00 PM
September 6, 2016 9:30 PM
Union Square Slam
September 5, 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 kicks off its SLAM series with our very first Women of the World World Poetry Slam Qualifer, featuring none other than our very own punk rock goddess of grace, JEANANN VERLEE!!!

(note the new format: USS has opted to do either a poetry slam or an open mic each week, not both. This week, only people who have been assigned female at birth or are otherwise living their lives as women are eligible to slam)

6pm-7:30pm: FREE Writing workshop with I.S. Jones
7pm-8pm: sign ups and socialize

Show starts at 8pm:

SLAM: Round One (2 min round)
FEATURE: Jeanann Verlee
(brief intermission)
SLAM: Round Two (1 minute round)
SLAM: Round Three (4 minute round)

All Ages // $5 // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Jeanann Verlee is author of two books, Said the Manic to the Muse and Racing Hummingbirds, which earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal for poetry. She has also been awarded the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work appears in Adroit, Rattle, The Journal, and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. Verlee served as poetry editor for Union Station Magazine, For Some Time Now, and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone, as well as a number of individual collections. She is former director of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series where she served as writing and performance coach, and she performs and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. Verlee wears polka dots and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you. Find her at

About our Poetry Slam:


a) an acronym for Women of the World World Poetry Slam
b) one of three national poetry slam events put on annually by Poetry Slam, Inc.
c) held in Dallas, TX from March 15-18th, 2017

Union Square Slam WOWPS Qualifier rules:

Qualified competitors are poets who are female assigned or identified individuals who are 18+. This includes gender non-conforming individuals.

8 poets, 3 rounds. Cumulative Scores.

2 min (all)

1 min (all)

4 min (top 5)

cumulative score wins the slam

Top three winners of each Qualifier are in Finals (December 13th). Finals will be 4 ROUNDS — all cumulative!!!

Our WOWPS Qualifier dates are as follows:

September 6th
November 1st
November 22nd
December 13th: FINALS