We meet again. Or in my case, we met for the first time. I'm so glad they chose me to write this post because seeing the National Poetry Slam through rookie eyes was something to behold. As far as the week goes, there were amazing workshops, awesome competitions and poetry coming at us from every direction. My personal favorites were Slam 101 with Ed Mabrey and the Nerd Slam, which required you to be knowledgable in an area of your choosing before you could even slam. Poets are rowdy! My team had so much fun, not just in the competition, but getting to know each other as well. I was expecting Nationals to be very exciting and I was not disappointed. After the Grand Slam (top photo), you can see us all standing around looking awkward, but in a matter of five short months, we became family (ironically I'm wearing the same dress). Houston VIP is about stellar writing and engaging performance, but as a member of the team, I can truly say we're about support too. Of course every team's dream at NPS is to make it to finals, but we fought hard and we showed out for Houston. We made it to semi-finals and finished 14th in the nation out of 72 teams. Let me emphasize how tough the competition is -- to be in the top 15 is quite an achievement. Preparing for a competition this extensive can be tiring, it's definitely a challenge, but I feel we rose to the occasion. Keep your eye on @houstonvipslam in the near future, our pockets are still full of poems.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!