Nitty Gritty Slam #31 – The First WOWps Prelim

On Tuesday, November 20, it will be “Ladies Night”  at the 31st edition of the Nitty Gritty Slam at Valentine’s. This will be another special edition of NGS as it will be the first of three preliminary slams to find out who will be representing Albany at the WOWps (Women of the World Poetry Slam) in March. These slams will follow a special timing / round format that the WOWps uses.

The rounds will be a little different for NGS #31 as well. We will have two rotations poets in two rounds with special timing for each rotation. Poets will have to be prepared with 1, 2, 3, and 4 minute poems. The WOWps Final will take the top two poets from the three prelims to find the one poet to represent NGS at WOWps in March 2013.

The Women of the World Poetry Slam was introduced in 2008, in which only female and female-identified poets are allowed to compete.[2] The first WOWPS was held in Detroit, Michigan and the first WOWPS champion was Andrea Gibson. The 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam will bring up to 80 female poets from all over the country to the city of Minneapolis, March 6-9 for 4 days of competitive poetry performance. Only poets who live their lives as women are eligible to compete in this slam.

* NOTE – This slam will not be an open slam. Only women poets will be able to slam. The open mic will be for all poets and spoken word artists who want to step up to the mic with a special two poem limit.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM.

NGS takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month.

If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic before the slam.

Sign up begins at 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM.

Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID). This is an 18+ show.

For information on the rules and format of the Nitty Gritty Slam and to meet the team, go to

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