Help “Team Nitty Gritty” go to National Poetry Slam in Charlotte

We have some exciting news! The Nitty Gritty Slam is now a certified slam, recognized by Poetry Slam, Inc., the governing body of poetry slams around the country. With that we are now eligiable to send the Nitty Gritty Slam Team to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC this summer.

This is very big for us here in the Albany poetry community, because, as slammer Kevin Peterson explains, “Albany has never been represented at the NPS, and there are so many wonderfully talented poets capable of competing on the national level. It would be a shame if they didn’t have the chance for their voices, Albany’s voice, to be heard”. We could not agree more.

College of Saint Rose professor and NGS organizer Daniel Nester, who was introduced to slam poetry at New York City’s legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, says, “We’re the little scene that could–and did–start up a new slam scene, pretty much from scratch. Upstate New York in general and Albany in particular is home to a lot of diverse poetic voices from all different walks of life. What’s great about Nitty Gritty is that so many of the scenes come here/there and share their words.”

Albany Poets Vice President Mary Panza adds that, “This is a great for the Albany poetry community.  It will show the rest of the country that we have finally arrived.”

And this is where you come in. In order to go to the NPS in August, the first step is to do the paperwork and pay the registration fee for the event. Time is running out, though. We only have until next Thursday, May 31 to raise $400. Anything that you can do will help us take the next step in letting the rest of the world know about the great poetry and spoken word talent that we have right here in our backyard.

If you can help “Team Nitty Gritty” begin the journey to Charlotte, you can donate by clicking here or the link at the top of the page. We use PayPal for our donations, so all of your information is safe and secure.

Thank you for all of your continuing support of the poetry and spoken word in upstate New York.

5 thoughts on “Help “Team Nitty Gritty” go to National Poetry Slam in Charlotte”

  1. Hey Albany Poets. My name is Brandon Williamson and I’m a founder and host of the Pure Ink Poetry Slam here in Buffalo NY, on the west coast. I’m going to be traveling around the albany area a LOT in a few months and I wanted to get involved and work on building a bridge between our cities. We’re connected with poetry communities from Toronto, Burlington, Guelph, Rochester, Syracuse and so on, but I’m just now hearing about a community in Albany. So if at all possible, please keep me in the loop for future slams and events.

    1. Hello Brandon – I am very glad that you found us. We (Albany Poets) have been here for 12 years. The local scene here has been going for over25 years and is still growing. I will be sending you a more elaborate email this afternoon.

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