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Nerds nerd out for Nerd Slam at National Poetry Slam 2008

Despite the maps on the walls, the mid-afternoon hour, and the lack of beer and liquor, a lecture hall in the UW Humanities Building has the aura of a downtown bar after midnight. Throngs of poets enter through the double doors, and the result is cacophony as the Nerd Slam gets started at the National Poetry Slam on Thursday. Cheers of "Nerds Rock!" echo, and the blackboard at the front of the room proclaims, "Hey you fucking nerds, welcome to class." >More
 Day three scores from National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

Dozens of teams competed the final night of National Poetry Slam qualifying bouts on Thursday for a shot to move on to the semifinal round. With several teams already all but assured of a spot after their performances earlier in the week, the competition was fierce for a shot at making it into one of the 20 open spots. >More
 Madison finishes third in second bout at National Poetry Slam 2008

The Oakland Poetry Slam team triumphed at the Brink Lounge Thursday night in a qualifying bout of the 2008 National Poetry Slam. Throughout a raucous evening that saw the Brink's back room crowded with boisterous spectators, Oakland fought off competition from San Francisco's City Slam, which placed second, followed by hometown favorites Madison Spoken Word Collective and Amarillo, Texas' Slamarillo. It was not a night for subtleties. >More
 Blogging day two of National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

As was the case on Tuesday, members of National Poetry Slam teams and spectators published online reports about theirs and others' bouts. Joining in the commentary for the second night of the slam was a pair of judges, who are drawn from the crowd watching the slam. >More
 Late night Solo Slams build community at National Poetry Slam 2008

With eyes full of inspiration, amateur poets got a chance to test their spoken word mettle in the presence of friends and many of the competitors in National Poetry Slam 2008 in a quartet of late night Solo Slams this week, held at Genna's Lounge and the Mercury Café after the Tuesday and Wednesday night bouts. Aspiring and experienced poets alike who were not already members of teams in the national contest summoned their courage and performed for a cash prize before an audience and five randomly selected judges. >More
 Day two scores from National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

The second night of preliminary competition in the National Poetry Slam kept downtown Madison stages and clubs busy as the first round of bouts wrapped up and the second opened on Wednesday night. The bout winners were: Soap Boxing from St. Paul; Southflavas from Austin; Slamtopia from New Paltz, New York; H-Town Slam from Houston, Oakland Poetry Slam, Silver City Slam from New Mexico; SlamCharlotte; HawaiiSlam from Honolulu; Denver Mercury Slam; Berzerkely from Berkeley; Loser Slam from Lincroft, New Jersey; and Downtown from Phoenix. >More
 Madison team takes second in its opening bout at National Poetry Slam 2008

Setting: the lecture at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Status: packed. Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. Context: National Poetry Slam, preliminary bout. Teams: H-Town Slam from Houston; the hometown heroes in the Madison Spoken Word Collective; Open Mic Poetry from Manchester, New Hampshire; and, Puro Slam from San Antonio. At stake: advancement to the semi-finals. Anticipation level: Combustible. If somebody strikes a match, there's going to be an explosion. Ka... >More
 Blogging day one of National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

Spoken word artists are naturally a loquacious bunch, so it's only natural that more than a few are sharing their experiences at the National Poetry Slam in Madison this week. The five-day showdown opened on Tuesday with a series of 12 bouts between 48 teams, less than a third of the total in the two preliminary rounds of competition. Poets from several teams competing on this opening night have plenty to say about their own and others' bouts on the first night of the slam. >More
 A day in the life at the National Poetry Slam in Madison

Just a few hours later on State Street, nervousness is building. A team from San Francisco is meticulously studying the map at a downtown bus stop, trying to figure out directions to the Bartell Theatre where they're set to perform in less than ten minutes at one of the first competitions of the night. Outside the Orpheum Stage Door just before the second bout, another poet in a pretty floral dress rubs her stomach, trying to calm the nerves stirring inside. Meanwhile, teams that competed in the first bout are now done, and leave their venues looking relived to go see other teams compete. >More
 Day one scores from National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

Nearly two-thirds of the 76 teams in the National Poetry Slam competed in their first bouts on Tuesday night at multiple venues throughout downtown Madison. The bout winners on Tuesday were Boston Cantab, SlamCharlotte, Austin Poetry Slam, NoCoast Writers Collective from Lincoln, Hayti Heritage Center from Durham, The City Slam from San Francisco, Chicago Mental Graffiti, New York Urbana Poetry Slam, San Diego Slam, New York louderARTS, Art Amok in Atlanta, and Denver Nuba. >More
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