Hey ya’ll! SFY is hosting our first open mic of the semester. It will be THIS SATURDAY October 26th in CAS b12, sign-ups at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm, and it’s absolutely free to anyone who wants to attend/participate. Hope to see some new faces there! We’ll also be selling our Chapbooks for SUPER CHEAP to raise money for future events. Peace, love, poetry. <3
Hello world! It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the site, so I thought I’d give everyone the lowdown on what’s been happening these first few weeks of the semester. Our weekly meetings are on TUESDAY in CAS 214 at 7 PM. It’s been so wonderful to see new faces and returning members! We’ve been prepping for our future open mics (dates will be announced ASAP), and planning for future visiting slam poets. I can tell you this much: you won’t be disappointed. I promise. We will try to keep this website as updated as possible with dates to add to your calendar, poets to watch, youtube videos, and everything poetry-related you can think of. Until next time, have a great rest of your week and a fabulous weekend!
Later this month, incredibly talented activists and poets Ken Arkind and Jon Sands will be performing at BU. Poets from Speak for Yourself will open up with some of their original spoken word before handing the stage off to Ken and Jon for an incredible event.
[KEN ARKIND] is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries, and at over 150 colleges and universities. He is the founding Program Director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. He is the author of “Denver” (Fast Geek Press, 2013) and “Coyotes” (Penmanship Books, 2014). Ken is the poetry editor for “Suspect Press” and wrote the title poem for the Air Ball Creative short film “Breathless.”He makes an amazing green chile stew.
[JON SANDS] is a poet, essayist, and author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films. He is an adjunct with the City University of New York, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing at Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center). He is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a member of the groundbreaking performance poetry tours “The Whirlwind Company” and “The SpillJoy Ensemble.” His work has been featured in The New York Times and is published in Rattle, The Millions, LUMINA from Sarah Lawrence College, Word Riot, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and many others. He tours regularly, but lives in Brooklyn.
Join Speak for Yourself, Boston University’s only spoken word poetry group, and Q, the Queer Activist Collective, for a FREE workshop led by activist and award-winning poet Andrea Gibson. This event, open to all BU students, will take place on Monday, February 10 at 8 pm. Please see our Facebook event for the location and more details. (Can’t view the event? Send us a friend request and message on Facebook for an invite!)
WORKSHOP THEME: Spoken Word in Action!
Focusing on a myriad of social justice issues, we will explore the poet’s responsibility in the current political climate. We will read and discuss poems by contemporary writers focusing on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, patriarchy, and capitalism. After, we will use the shared poems as writing prompts to inspire our own radical voices.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement–the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam–Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and her second book THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.
Andrea will also be performing at The Middle East in Cambridge on Tuesday, February 11. Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your BU email address for a link to discounted tickets.
Hello there, Speakees!
We’ve been at school for a few weeks now. The air is getting crisper, homework is piling up, and poetry is bursting from our brains. We’re extremely excited to have so many new members, and we’re looking forward to a great semester.
Next Tuesday, October 1st, we will be having an open mic night in the basement of 520 Park Drive in South Campus instead of our usual meeting. The event is open to anyone, so please bring your friends and your words for a great evening!
Love and pumpkins,
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Saturday, November 17th
Join us this Saturday for an open mic night in Allston. Bring your friends, get to know your fellow poets, and speak some words. Allston-themed poetry is encouraged, but feel free to bring anything you want to share.
Drag Poetry Night photos are here, credit to Cat Ring. A huge thanks to the CGSA, BU On Broadway, Stage Troupe, Liquid Fun, our emcee, Snake, all our incredible performers, and everyone in the audience who made the night such a success.