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A little reminder of how important it is to keep chasing your passion!

Lauren Zuniga - “Benediction for the Hustlers & the Gardeners”

"The miracle is that you wake up every morning with art in your eardrums."

Our third chapbook finalist is SASHA BANKS, for her manuscript, Madwoman Temple. Check out (and share!) a sneak peak of the manuscript, above. 

Sasha Banks found poetry in the bottom of her shoe, when she was 13. She comes from Ohio by way of Alaska, by way of Germany, by way of California. She lives, writes, and eats fried plantains in Texas where she taught on the high school and university levels and founded the Verbal Arts student-writing program, in 2011. After graduating from Texas Wesleyan University in 2012, she self-released her first collection of poems entitled, The Blood Arsenal. She has shared the stage with Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Mahogany L. Browne, and recently opened for Roger Bonair-Agard. Sasha was named winner of the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam’s first ever Lit Slam, in which she was awarded publication in the San Francisco literary journal, Tandem. She loves Stevie Wonder and long walks to the refrigerator.

Bluz & Ed Mabrey - “Where Have All The Black Boys Gone?”

"Isn’t a black boy shaped like a bullet? Isn’t that why he moves so fast through life? Eager for heaven or hell or just death."

Performing for Slam Charlotte at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Joaquin Zihuatanejo - “Final Exam for My Father”

"A famous American poet’s mother once said: Single mothers are almost always better men than men are."

Individual World Poetry Slam champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo, performing at the season opener Soap Boxing Poetry Slam at the Artists’ Quarterin Saint Paul. 

Joyce Lee - “Mad Love”

"Everything happens for a reason. For instance, I busted the windows out your car so you could get the air I assumed you were talking about when you said I was suffocating you."

Performing as the September feature at the Soap Boxing poetry slam in Saint Paul.

Khary Jackson - “Elegy for Lil’ Kim” (Button First Readings)

"Is this when you felt like a sin only a surgeon could forgive?"

A first reading from NPS champion Khary Jackson.

Omoizele “Oz” Okoawo - “The Beast:1944” (Rustbelt 2013)

"When a lynch mob decides what it wants to eat, it ain’t gonna change its mind. The beast always gets fed."

Performing at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

Rachel Rostad - “Names” (NPS 2013)

"Some say written language is only the bad translation of spoken. You cannot read sheet music and hear the song. You cannot read a speech and see the speaker. When the very first word was written down, something must have been lost."

Performing for SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Eirean Bradley - “mr Fred Phelps vs. mrs John Waters” 

Eirean Bradley, performing for the Portland Poetry Slam in the 2013 National Poetry Slam

Tolonda Henderson - “Regrets”

"At every moment in the history of the Universe, every choice and option has been realized."

Tolonda performing as the sacrificial poet at Johnny D’s in Somerville during the 2013 National Poetry Slam.