Bernard "The Klute" Schober announces names of those to perform in the upcoming All-Arizona Poetry Slam at Honeycutt Coffee.

[quote_box_right]IF YOU GO
• All-Arizona Poetry Slam
• Jan. 25, at (5:30 Art on the Spot) 6:30-9:30 p.m.
• Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109
• Admission $5 at the door[/quote_box_right]A vigorous artistic contest will take place on the evening of Jan. 25, when Maricopa Arts Council’s All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championship takes place at Honeycutt Coffee. Poets from all over the state will join the top two prize-winning Maricopa poets in the three-round, elimination contest — a 14-person “duel” in the art of performance of one’s own original poetry.

The 14 competitors in January include seven representatives of slams in Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Maricopa and ASU. Seven more were pulled from a hat Jan. 3 by MAC’s Slam Master, poet and shark enthusiast Bernard Schober, who performs as The Klute. And then 16 more were selected for the wait list.

Official Poet List:

Names were chosen from a hat after seven poets automatically qualified.

1. Stacy Eden: All-Maricopa Grand Slam champ
2. MarQuita Edwards: All-Maricopa Grand Slam second place
3. Ryan Smalley: Sedona Poetry Slam champ
4. Civil: Phoenix Poetry Slam champ
5. Dylece: Poetry Slam @ Wham (Surprise)
6. Gabbi Jue: FlagSlam champ
7. Arizona Masters of Poetry: TBD
8. Tempest Juliet
9. Naughty A. Mouse
10. Kemlyn
11. Nathaniel Dossantos
12. Jessica Ballantyne
13. Lydia Gates
14. Evan Dissinger

Wait List:

15. Patrick Hare
16. Sherdes Leona
17. Shelley Donovan
18. Atlas St. Cloud
19. Scott Ambrose
20. Miss Anthropy
21. Claire Pearson
22. David M. Fields
23. Elizabeth Dannenbrick
24. Science Sigh
25. Alicia Bonner
26. Christian Montiel
27. Joshua Wiss
27. Thomas Cooper
28. Dustin Gardy
29. John Anderson

National Slam rules will prevail: Each poem must be the poet’s own creation and should be no longer than three minutes. Judges are chosen from the audience, and every performance is rated by each judge Olympics-style in each round. By round 3, only five poets remain to compete for MAC’s three money prizes: $400, $250, $150.

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The Slam Championship event will be preceded by a different type of artistry with “Art-on-the-Spot” works created from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. by Maricopa artist Susan Cameron. A $5 entrance fee will be charged at the door, and Honeycutt Coffee food service will be available.

Artist Susan Cameron will provide Art-on-the-Spot prior to the slam.