From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides
Wedge Resident hosts World Championship Poety Slam, March 6-9.
Cynthia French is a writer and spoken word artist living in Lowry Hill East. She has been involved with the poetry slam community for 15 years as a performer, organizer and teacher. This spring marks the 12th year that Cynthia will be hosting an annual poetry slam at the College of St. Benedict’s (April 11) and the 7th year she’s worked with the School of Environmental Studies and Caponi Art Park for the annual Poets in the Park Teen Poetry Slam (May 5). She has taught writing, poetry and performance residencies in local schools as an independent artist as well as with area arts organizations such as ArtiCulture and Intermedia Arts.
“My career as a spoken word artist began because of SlamMN!,” says French, who attended her first poetry slam at Kieran’s Irish Pub back in 1998, at the encouragement of a friend. French returned the following month with her own poems, and, as she puts it, “completely tanked,” getting one of the lowest scores at the event. “I tried to write poems that I thought would win,” French says, “but I didn’t give up. I came back the next month with new poems in my own voice and made it all the way to the last round of the slam. Then I was hooked.”
For the first time, the Women of the World Poetry Slam will hold its annual championship tournament in Minneapolis. In the largest gathering of women slam poets, 80 world-class competitors will vie for three nights (March 6-8) and the top 12 will advance to the final round (March 9).
Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 N. First Ave.
Institute of Production and Recording,300 N. First Ave.
Aria at Jeune Lune, 105 N. First St.
Tickets are $5 to $25 (Festival passes $40-50). Preliminary tickets available at the door; Finals and festival passes available online at www.wow.poetryslam.com.
More information and complete schedule