ILLiptical – July 2012 Featured Poet

On Monday, July 30 we will be back for another edition of Poets Speak Loud at McGeary’s. This month our Featured Poet at Poets Speak Loud and on the Albany Poets website is Team Nitty Gritty member ILLiptical

Michael Sloman, otherwise known by his stage name as ILLiptical, The WizARd of MARS, is a Spoken Word Poet/Hip Hoppin’ MC with an inspiring passion to speak his thoughts and express his creativity for crowds of various ages and cultures at any given moment as the opportunity arises. He holds a Masters in Writing from the College of Saint Rose and has been an active performer in Albany since his junior year at Albany High in 2001. He is currently running two after-school spoken word poetry programs, which he entitled “Spit the Heart’s Truth” at both Albany High School and Albany Leadership Charter School. He has been a feature poet at Dan Wilcox’s Third Thursday’s at the Social Justice Center, is one of many of the prestigious Nitty-Gritty Slam champions, and also won a poetry slam in Brooklyn NY in 2009, where not only was he the only light-skinned brother in attendance, but also the only heterosexual male! He is honored to be a part of Albany’s team!

If you want to a sneak preview of ILLiptical’s poetry, you can check out his poets page here.

Each month you will be able to read more about the Poets Speak Loud featured poet by going to and going to the Featured Poet section.

Poets Speak Loud is a monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet hosted by local poet Mary Panza at McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square, Albany) in downtown Albanyon the last Monday of the month.

Sign-up for the open mic is 7:00pm, we start around 8pm