Spoken Word Today 8PM Parnassus Cafe

12 Feb

“The SpillJoy Ensemble is spoken word theater at its most dynamic. Combining four of the most acclaimed young performance poets from all corners of the country: Danny Sherrard (Seattle), Shira Erlekh (Boston), Jon Sands (New York City), and Ken Arkind (Denver), gather under the same roof for one month of kinetic energy. This foursome blends together, displaying the power of a new generation to reshape our world with both their words and their elbow grease. Crooked shooters, who fly right at the very sides you belly laugh with, then make a b-line straight for the heart muscle. They are four reasons, from four cities, and one generation, that prove poetry is larger than a microphone, it is larger than ink and page; it is the very bricks that prove how human we can be.”

Thursday
February 12th
8PM
Room 003 in the UW Art Building
FREE to all

SpillJoy is composed of four spoken word poets. Danny Sherrard, from Seattle, is the 2007 Individual National Poetry Slam champion. He is the youngest person in the history of the National Poetry Slam to win this title. He has been on the Seattle National Slam team two years in a row and is the youngest person to do it. He has shared the stage with such legendary names as Anis Mojgani, Saul Williams, and Buddy Wakefield. Shira Erlekh, from Boston, was featured on “Open Door Poetry” on Borders Bookstore’s website, reaching over 23 million viewers. She was selected out of 500 poets to feature on Finals Stage at the 2005 College Nationals, and at the 2007 Adult Nationals, out of 2,000 poets. In 2007, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Small Presses series. Jon Sands, from New York City, was the youngest to ever be on the LouderARTS New York City poetry slam team; then was a finalist at the National Poetry Slam in Austin. Ken Arkind, from Denver, was a national champion with the Denver Mercury Slam team in 2006. In 2005, he was Denver’s City Champion. He has shared the stage with Sage Francis, Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Yusef Komunyaka. Ken has featured as a guest speaker at numerous political actions, marches, and protests. They each have a unique style, which they blend and undulate in their collaborative and interactive performance.

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