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What is poetry? Women of the World Poetry Slam finalists

What is poetry? Women of the World Poetry Slam finalists
Denice Frohman, The Fuze (Women of the World Poetry Slam winner)

Last weekend, the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam brought nearly 80 poets from around the world to compete in Minneapolis over four days. In addition to competitive performance, the poets and the public were invited to participate in workshops including as No Shame No Silence: Addressing Sexual Violence in Community, open mics such as Nerd Slam, and curated poetry slams like Sassy Fat Girls!.

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Women of the World Poetry Slam: Minneapolis Qualifier

WOWPS is the largest gathering of women slam poets, so of course the competition was fierce. On Saturday evening, 12 poets took the stage at Aria to compete in the finals, with special opening performances by Desdamona and Katie Wirsing.

Before the finals, City Pages caught up with some of the evening's competitors (as well as the winner of the Youth Poetry Slam). We asked them to respond to our writing prompt "Poetry is..."

All photos by B FRESH PHOTOGRAPHY.

Falu, Nuyorican
Falu, Nuyorican
Theresa Davis, Java Monkey
Theresa Davis, Java Monkey
Ellyn Touchette, Port Veritas (Youth Poetry Slam winner)
Ellyn Touchette, Port Veritas (Youth Poetry Slam winner)
Eris Zion Venia, Lake Effect Slam
Eris Zion Venia, Lake Effect Slam
Meg Waldron, Portland Poetry Slam
Meg Waldron, Portland Poetry Slam

 

Laura Brown-Lavoie, Providence Slam
Laura Brown-Lavoie, Providence Slam
Dominique Ashaheed, Denver, CO
Dominique Ashaheed, Denver, CO
Denise Jolly, Bay Area, CA
Denise Jolly, Bay Area, CA
Porsha, Lizard Lounge
Porsha, Lizard Lounge
T. Miller, Detroit, MI
T. Miller, Detroit, MI

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