Jan. 28, 2005
Omaha Slam Team, a nationally recognized slam poetry
troupe from Omaha, Neb., will perform at Morningside College
on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center. This
event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural
Arts Series (ACAS) and the Sioux City Reading Series. The
public is invited free of charge.
Slam poetry is an internationally recognized art form that
combines elements of poetry writing, recitation, and performance
in a competition judged by audience members. Slams are designed
for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects
of the show, including the poets’ performance and the
judges' scores. Slam poetry originated in 1984 in Chicago
by poet Marc Smith and first came to Omaha in 1999, growing
from a monthly bookstore event to a regular scene that now
attracts some of the best touring slam poets in the country.
Omaha Slam Team is the first all-Nebraska slam poetry team.
The group participated in its first national competition in
2004 at the National Poetry Slam in St. Louis, Mo., finishing
10th out of 63 teams. Omaha Slam Team members who will perform
at Morningside include Dan Leamen, Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown,
Jim Morrison, and Andy “Bad Andy” Neely.
a newcomer to the slam poetry scene, will represent Omaha
in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Worcester, Mass., later
was a member of the 2002 Des Moines, Iowa, Slam Team prior
to joining the Omaha Slam Team in 2003. He is the author of
more than 100 published poems that have appeared in magazines
such as Mid-American Review, Literal Latte, Laurel Review,
and Southern Poetry Review, as well as seven chapbooks, including
“When the Bough Breaks,” due out this month from
Lone Willow Press. Mason received a master’s degree
in creative writing from the University of California-Davis
and is the editor of PoetryMenu.com, a resource which lists
all of Nebraska's poetry events.
studied poetry at the University of New Mexico and the University
of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She has recorded two spoken
word compact discs, “Gilded Girl” and “My
Dress Hangs Here,” and is the author of four chapbooks,
including her latest, “When You Are Born,” set
for release in March by Blue Light Press. Her work is included
in a number of anthologies including “Freedom to Speak:
The 2003 national Poetry Slam Anthology, The Great American
Road Show.” McKinstry-Brown was a member of the 2001
Albuquerque Slam Team before joining Omaha’s team in
an alternate on the Omaha Slam Team in 2003, became a regular
member in 2004 after finishing fifth in the Omaha Slam Team
was active with slam teams in Memphis, Tenn., prior to joining
the Omaha team in 2003. He was a featured performer on Gary
Glazner's 2000 Slam America tour and has won more than 17
slams in cities across the country. Neely is the author of
the chapbook “Black and White Boy” from LinWal
more information, contact Dr. Steven Coyne, professor of English
at Morningside, at (712) 274-5267, or the office of Public
Relations at (712) 274-5320.