Bigger Boat The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene

ISBN-10: 0826344836

ISBN-13: 9780826344830

Edition: 2008

Authors: Susan McAllister, Don McIver, Mikaela Jae Renz, Daniel S. Solis, Mikaela Renz

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A Bigger Boat chronicles the Albuquerque Slam Poetry scene's growth and success at the 2005 National Poetry Slam competition, which it hosted and won. This collection of poems and personal memories explores Slam from the voices of the poets who began developing the Albuquerque scene in 1990 to poets who witnessed and celebrated the 2005 hometown victory. Despite Slam's big city origins and arguments that smaller urban areas could not garner enough community interest to host national events, the Albuquerque event proved skeptics wrong. The swell of excitement so exceeded expectations that Danny Solis urged fellow organizers, "We need a bigger boat!" The editors of A Bigger Boat gathered the works of well-known local and national poets to provide a window into the world of competitive poetry, where verse meets performance.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 6/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Susan McAllister is the director of the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque. She headed the fundraising committee for the 2005 National Poetry Slam and was a founding member of the International Poetry Institute.

Don McIver was chief economist with a major Canadian financial institution in Burlington, Ontario. His research frequently took him to the train-wreck site and various locations significant to the drama. Don has held senior postings at the Conference Board of Canada, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, and the Canadian Bankers Association. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mikaela Jae Renz has been the mentor for the Voces Program since it began in 2002. She received a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico. In addition to creative writing, she has taught about community, place, and identity at UNM.

Daniel S. Solis has been writing and performing poetry for twenty years and holds numerous national and international Slam titles. Solis was the Artistic Director of the National Poetry Slam 2005 in Albuquerque and recently founded the Youth Poetry Corps.

List of Illustrations
In Medias Res - NPS Finals 2005
We Teach
Two Minutes
In Our Heaven
The Spark
Making a Scene, 1990-1994
Albuquerque Poetry Scene, 1990-1994
The Wind
Slam Poetry Demystified
First Slam at Jack's Lounge
Blue Plate Special
Chinco de Mayo
Be my pearl jam
Venues - Best Price Books and Coffee
The Anatomy of a History Lesson
Taos Poetry Circus
One-match Fire
Venues - Gold Coast Coffeehouse
Barrio Madonna
Venues-Fabulous Dingo Bar
Women Are Like Trees
ABQ Poetry Slam Hits the Road, 1995-2005
The First Nationals Team from Albuquerque
I Am
No Part (a.k.a. Chicano Poem)
In Our 70s
Satellite Man
December 1982
Slamming in the Early Years
Remembrance of Trinidad Sanchez Jr. (1943-2006)
Let Us Stop This Madness
Remembrance of Ken Hunt (1970-2005)
Por que Lorca ha muerto?
The Object
Albuquerque Poetry Festival
The G-ification ofYour Life
Forgetting to Live
Mo Ainm
Jesus Was a Mutt
Venues - Winning Coffee Co
Road Trip
The Hour of the Angelus
Central Avenue
Manzano Sunflowers
the rag
After the Ultrasound, Week 12
Venues - Club Rhythm & Blues
A Vato Needs All the Help He Can Get
Venues - Insomnia
Ode to Johnny Cash
Committing Poetry in Times of War
Venues - Blue Dragon
City Champions and Slam Teams 1995-2005
ABQ Poetry Brings NPS Home - the Organizers' Story
The Bid
Front Porch
The Vision - a Bigger Boat
Fat Man
Behind the Curtain
The Media - Getting Albuquerque Excited
The Magic of Performing in New Mexico
Waiting for a Title in German
Venues - Puccini's Golden West
Organizing NPS 2005
Renaissance Women
NPS Experience
Courting the Spark
The Volunteers
Holy Water
Making the Event Happen
You Are the Snow
NPS 2005 and the ABQ Slam Team Champions' Story
Letter from the Chair of NPS 2005 (from the Event Program)
NPS 2005 Schedule of Events
The National Poetry Slam 2005 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Nerd Slam under the Cottonwoods
George Bush
Albuquerque Nationals
Panning for Teeth
Head-to-Head Haiku
Forty-Eight-Hour Poetry Jook Joint... Out ch'Yonda
Albuquerque Slam
A Poetic Audience Perspective
Tournament Bouts
Your Best Behavior
For Bashir
Individual Championship - 2005
Visiting and Competing in NPS 2005
Being the National Poetry Individual Champion
for those who can still ride an airplane for the first time
Finals Night - Five Needles (Part I)
Hosting the Event
Pink and Brown
Rebel Music
They Love You Not
Mirror, Mirror
Finals Night - Five Needles (Part II)
Finals Controversy
The Event and the Controversy
Best-Run National Poetry Slam
What Teachers Make
The Team
Winning It All - Team ABQ 2005
A m�i ng
Night of the Chihuahua
Common Ground
Wednesdays in Philly
Albuquerque and NPS2005
Some Recollections of the National Poetry Slam, Albuquerque, 2005
Thank You Acknowledgments
ABQ Aftermath
Aftermath: The Arts Community
Artists and NPS
Aftermath: The Poetry Community
2006 Bravos Award in Theatre Arts
Word-Sure Boy
Where Do We Go from Here-after the 2005 Championship
Rock 'n' Roll
Billie's Blues Are Mine
Polonius's Advice to His Son (the Remix)
UNM Spoken Word and College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI)
Una Novena pa la Tierra
The UNM Spoken Word Initiative
New and Rejected Works
Dry Spell Dream
Women in Slam
I Dare You
Women and Poetry
Freshwater Fish
Poets and Writers Picnic
the rag and Herland
Aftermath: The Wider Community
Song for Solomon
Aftermath: Organizing Community
Monsoon Season
Pull the Next One Up
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