We have been writing performance poetry as a team for the past 4 years. In this time the group has traveled all over the Bay Area featuring at Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, the Poems Under the Dome event in SF City Hall, and a handful of other events. One of our recent accomplishments was placing 1st and 3rd at the Berkeley Adult Poetry Slam. Our writing addresses current issues, and tackles real world problems.
This year we are looking to branch out even more before (hopefully) participating in the Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam in Washington DC. If you have room in your calendar we would absolutely love to do a 15-30 minute feature at one of your slams/open mics. We are really looking forward to visiting!
Nina is very dedicated and spends much of her time writing letters to venues about potential features. She always comes up with amazing metaphors and is most known for the piece Bermuda Triangle, about people suffering from Alzheimer's. Nina never fails to get the job done and help her teammates in any way that she can. Her optimistic attitude always helps to maintain calm before big events, and her determination rubs off on everyone. Overall Nina is an amazing poet, leader, and an irreplaceable member of the team.
The thing that sets Carmella apart from the rest of the team is her ability to make an audience laugh…. Hard. She is able to weave comedy into any poem, whether it’s about death or fruits and vegetables. Carmella is confident in her poetry, which makes her performance skills even better. One of her funniest poems is called Laughing At Death, based on the story of Chrysippus. Carmella is the Slam Captain of the team, which means she keeps track of the team’s full arsenal of poetry. She is extremely hardworking and a great writer.
Solia is an optimistic writer who loves to use writing as a chance to be an activist. She is known for addressing heavy topics with smart metaphors. It is clear that Solia is always passionate about her subject matter. One of her most developed poems is called Balloons, about different ways that families ㅡ and societies ㅡ lose children. Solia is the OSS Slammers MC, so she helps inform audiences about the team. She has also hosted local showcases and competitions. She is an incredible writer and performer who truly enjoys slam poetry.
From day one, Alana was always focused. She has never failed to come up with poems that intimidate the competition. Alana’s writing style is unique - her poems always include something personal ㅡ something that everyone can relate to. She incorporates singing into her poems often, which leaves the audience raving to hear her again. One of her most known pieces is called Dia De Los Muertos, a unique perspective on death and how the holiday affects her. Alana is the Publicity Officer for the OSS Slammers, in charge of creating and distributing media for the team.
From the day of auditions, Reese was super excited just to be writing awesome poetry. She is always giving positive feedback, working hard, and coming up with creative ideas for new poems. Reese is the Vice President of the OSS Slammers, so she take responsibility wherever she is needed. One of her best known poems is called Every 40 Seconds. This poem takes a creative stance on suicide and the importance of loving yourself. To make this poem even more unique, it is sometimes performed w. Overall, Reese is a consistent team member with many unique skills and ideas.