English Club: Books & Brews / ENG 218 Poetry Reading

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This Thursday at 5:30 pm in Albertus 369, English Club will be holding their last meeting of the year. We will be reviewing on this past semester and this past year, talking about ways that we can improve the club for next year.

Nitty Gritty Slam #28 with Meg Waldron and Robyn Bateman

On October 16 we will be getting a visit from two slam poets who have been touring the country together sharing their work. Meg Waldron and Robyn Bateman, two slam poets from Portland, Oregon, will be joining Nitty Gritty Slam #28 and taking the Valentine’s stage.

With poems like “My Ex Girlfriend Is Baking Cookies In My Uterus” (Waldron) and “Porn Star Apocalypse” (Bateman), we think it’s safe to assume the stage of Valentine’s is going to witness some epic rocking.

Haven’t been to a poetry slam before? It’s never too late to start attending every first and third  Tuesday of each month at Valentine’s for a night of fun, heartfelt, and sometimes raunchy performances.

Meg Waldron is a writer, traveler, and YouTube enthusiast. She was a member of the 2011 Portland Poetry Slam team and competitor at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, Massachusetts. Meg’s poetry is sharp and honest, making crowds keel in laughter at how ridiculous our very serious lives can be. She is the author of a chapbook, Sex, Drugs, Tuck n’ Roll (2011), and has had her writing featured in many poetry collections across the country. Meg’s spirit animal is a baby deer with wings. You won’t want to miss her poetry, which is straightforward, relatable, and extremely humorous at times. The chance to hear her recite some of her work in person is something no one should give up.

It’s a homecoming for Waldron, who lives in Portland, OR, but is also a product of Albany County. Born and raised East Berne, Waldron is a 2005 grad of Berne Knox Westerlo High School, and is touring the country with her Robyn Bateman, Meg and Robyn are currently touring the country, according to their press materials, “for the sole intention of making you remember your freedom of laughter.”

Waldron is especially excited to perform at a slam where she grew up.

“I have felt the need for a venue such as Nitty Gritty all my time there,” Meg says. “I am so proud to hear that a slam is finally getting on its feet there. Hearing that poets in Albany finally have a space to grow and thrive as well as hear new work really warms mah heart place.”

Robyn Bateman is a performance poet based out of Portland, Oregon. She is best described as a “perverted, crass old man disguised in the body of a charming young woman.” Robyn is the reigning City Champion of Portland, and was a finalist at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and a 2012 competitor at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Robyn rallies audiences with her high energy, quirk-with-bravado performance style and her imaginative narratives on the simple beauty of what it is to be human. Robyn has two chapbooks and has been published in a number of poetry and fiction journals.

Also, if you come to the slam on October 16, you also have the chance to read in the open mic portion of the night or try your best in the slam itself. Either way, the experience is worth the trip and we always welcome new faces to our group.

Nitty Gritty Slam takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, there is 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 nittygrittyslam.com.