USS-March 29

Union Square Slam presents STEVEN WILLIS and *NEW SH*T* Slam (Open Slam 3.5)

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Union Square Slam presents STEVEN WILLIS and *NEW SH*T* Slam (Open Slam 3.5)
March 29, 2016 7:00 PM
March 29, 2016 9:30 PM
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit Union Square Slam. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Union Square Slam
March 20, 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
USS-March 29


We are beyond thrilled to welcome Steven Willis to the Union Square Slam stage!!! And don’t miss our very last New Shit slam of the season!!

6:00pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Sara Emily Kuntz
7:00pm: Sign-ups
7:30pm: Open Mic and Feature
8:20pm: Poetry Slam

All Ages // $5

Please note: the Bureau opens at 6 pm on Tuesdays for the Union Square Slam.


About our Feature:

Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, 23 year old Steven Willis uses his creative writing background to poetically reflect on the pop culture issues of our time. With art heavily influenced by urban life and religion, Steven mixes elements of hip hop and classic literature to help express his eclectic personal narrative. A recent graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, Willis began doing spoken word at the age of 15 as a participant of Louder Than A Bomb and has performed on stages with the likes Jasmine Mans and Joshua Bennett. Steven was Louder Than A Bomb University’s 2014 Individual Champion, is a contributing writer to the BreakBeat Poets Anthology and Manhattanville College’s Graffiti Magazine, a member of Nuyorican Poetry Team 2015, an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and this past summer worked as assistant poetry writer for the film CoCo starring Jill Scott, Common, and Azelia Banks set to be released in Spring 2016.

About our Slam:


New Shit is defined as:
- any piece of work that has not been heard on the USS mic.
- any work that has been on the USS mic that has been overhauled/edited (at least 50% new material)

We will take up to 8 poets in each New Shit Slam. The points you earn will be added to your total in the quarter (1,2 or 3) and help you in qualifying for that semifinal. Your participation in one New Shit slam, regardless of placement/score, meets your requirement for Final Stage Participation.
All slammers who are competing to represent Union Square Slam nationally in 2016 and beyond, at either IWPS, WOWPS, or as part of the Union Square Slam Nationals Team, MUST participate in BOTH a New Shit Slam and a Theme Slam at any point during the slam season. (9/14/15 – 4/28/15). You may compete in any or all of these slams, whether or not you intend to go out for the team, however, preference may be given to competitors that have qualified for Semis or Finals.