For 5 years Slamalamadingdong! has been running a popular series of poetry slams in the Inner Circle area. Earlier this year this group registered and attained PSI (Poetry Slam International) status with the US National Poetry Slam, and the event format was modified to 3 round in accordance with PSI rules. The reason for this is that Slamalamadingdong! intends to send the first-ever Australian poetry slam team of 4 or 5 contestants to the 28th National Poetry Slam, which this year will be held in Denver Colorado from 7-12 August.
Several dozen teams from across the USA, as well as international teams from Canada and the UK will also be participating in this event, and the Slamalamadingdong! team will be selected at a Grand Slam to be held on Thursday 25th May.
The convenors and producers of Slamalamadingdong! are excited about, and committed to, a fundraising campaign with a target of $10,000 in support of the team that will travel to the USA in August. They invite anyone interested in helping this cause to make a donation via their website at slamalamadingdong.com.au (scroll down to find the donations link) – all such donations will be gratefully acknowledged and much appreciated.
Poetry slams have become an active and very public participatory genre in the literary landscape around the world since they were first devised in Chicago by Marc Kelly Smith at the still running Green Mill venue in the 1980’s. The organisers of Slamalamadingdong! definitely feel that the time has come for a team from this community to go forth and showcase its poetic and performing talents in the wider world. Please be generous and give them a helping hand, and please feel free to come along to the slam events yourselves and take part in what happens.
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This piece was kindly contributed by poet, writer and Slamalamadingdong representative and enthusiast Hamish Danks Brown.