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About Poetry Slam
What's a Poetry Slam?
You make poets COMPETE against each other?
What are the main rules?
How do you pick a winner?
Where can I learn more?
When are Flagstaff's regular Slams?
Poetry Slams have been happening regularly in Flagstaff since August of 2000. A nice young man named Nick Fox moved to Flagstaff from Mesa to attend school and brought his finely honed organizational skills and energy for Slam with him.
In 2001, Flagstaff sent its first team to the National Poetry Slam in Seattle. Nick Fox, Josh Fleming, Christopher Lane, Chris Graham, Eric Dye and Andy Hall made up the team. The Flagstaff "Slam Pirates" made a huge impression and finished 36th out of 56 teams.
The following year only Andy Hall returned to the team accompanied by Logan Phillips, Dom Flemons, John R. Kofonow and the Flagstaff Grand Slam Champion, Suzy La Follette. This team finished 35th in Minneapolis in August, 2002, one place better than the previous year. One team member was heard to remark "Thirty-four more years and we're on top!"
Flagstaff also sent a team to the 2003 Nationals in Chicago. In 2004, Flagstaff joined the combined NORAZpoets National Slam Team which finished 24th out of 69 teams at St. Louis' 2004 National Poetry Slam. Team member Logan Phillips finished 20th individually out of 350 poets!