All the way from Denver, Eirean Bradley will be leading us in a night of pure revelry!
6:00pm: Free Writing Workshop with Sara Emily Kuntz
7:00pm: Sign Ups
7:30pm: Open Mic
ALL AGES // $5
(Please note: the Bureau is closed on Mondays. We open at 6 PM on Mondays for the Union Square Slam.)
About our Feature:
Eirean Bradley is the multiple time pushcart award nominated author of two full length books of poetry the I in team and the little BIG book of go kill yourself on acclaimed independent press University of Hell. He is also the poetry curator for the online literary magazine Drunk in a Midnight Choir as well as being an editor for pop culture poetry stalwarts FreezeRay. He has been published in numerous journals and anthologies all over the place.
He is a decorated Slam Poetry veteran as well, having placed in the finals of the National Poetry Slam twice. He competed at nine national poetry slams and has only failed to make at least the semi finals once. He has toured all over the country and has featured in all 48 continuous states (yes, even North Dakota). He is well known for having a distinctly kinetic performance style and crowd pleasing approach which lends a frenetic energy to his humorous poems about really not humorous subject matter and has had numerous videos published online by well known websites Button Poetry and Poetry Slam International.
About our Slam:
In order to represent Union Square Slam at any National Competition, you must meet the following requirements:
Be 18 years old or older (if you are under 18, you can still slam! We just can’t take you to national events)
Be an active member of PSI at the time of competition (register at www.poetryslam.com you cover your annual registration fee of $20 — questions? Talk to Cecily or the current slam manager)
Read, sign, and adhere to the PSI Code of Conduct
Participate in BOTH one New Shit Slam AND one Theme Slam during the current season (those going for IWPS may complete this requirement during the summer quarter)
::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::
There are 3 quarters of competitive poetry slam, each culminating in a Semifinal. Each quarter consists of six open slams (one or more of which is a New Shit slam — competition in New Shit slams counts towards your total points!)
Each open slam will :
consist of up to 8 poet competitors
have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.
At the end of each quarter, the poets with the 8 highest cumulative scores FOR THE QUARTER, are invited to compete in Semifinals. If a qualified poet opts out, then the next highest ranking poet qualifies. Semifinals are run using the same rules as the Open Slams. The top two highest ranked poets in each Semifinals bout will advance to Finals Stage, along with the top two winners of the Last Chance slam.