Schedule Update

The last two qualifier slams are now on the schedule! Lake Effect will have slams at the Literary Cafe in Tremont on March 12th and April 9th!!!
By Vertigo Xavier

First LEP Qualifier Results

Tonight's Lake Effect Poetry qualifier slam was won by Skylark Bruce.  Nikann Charney took second and Zack Lee took third.

The next qualifier will be at February 15th's Writing Knights show at Cultured Coffee in Canton.

Two more qualifiers have been confirmed on the schedule: February 27th at the Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts and March 26th at Hive Mind in Akron.  Two additional qualifiers will be added to the schedule ASAP, at a location in Cleveland.  The GRAND SLAM will be held April 23rd at Hive Mind.
By Vertigo Xavier

Up Next...

Despite a plethora of problems at this year's Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, team Lake Effect had a blast at the event.  :-)

After discussion and much pondering, we have decided that we will not be sending a poet to compete at IWPS this year.  With the competition in Washington DC, we would be able to raise funds to get someone there, but we would rather turn our attention to building our community and focusing on TEAM competitions helps us do that.  Following this same thought, we will not be sending anyone to WOWPS next spring, either.  We WILL be sending a team to both Rustbelt and NPS in 2016.  That team may also be competing in some other regional and special events.  ;-)

A number of things are going on behind the scenes right now.  Hopefully, everything that's in the works will come together and make next year the best slam season north-east Ohio has seen yet!  :-D
By Vertigo Xavier

Art Auction - June 6th

Lake Effect Poetry is seeking donations for a fundraising Art Auction that will be held June 6 at the Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts! Can you help us?

Suggested items for the Art Auction include paintings, sculptures, posters or prints (not mass-market, preferably autographed by the artist), hand-made jewelery, hand-made craft items, rare books, and other collectable art-related items.

All money raised by the Art Auction goes toward getting the Lake Effect Poetry slam team to the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam (and hopefully with funds left over to go towards next year's National Poetry Slam)!

If you have something to donate, please contact team slamministrator Vertigo Xi'an Xavier as soon as possible.

ARTISTS and PHOTOGRAPHERS: Vertigo and The Poet's Haven are willing to produce 11x17 prints for the Art Auction. If you work through a digital medium and would like to contribute art to the auction but do not have ready-made prints, contact Vertigo to arrange to have (exclusive to the auction) prints made. :-)

Whether you can help us here or not, please share this with any other artists or publishers you know that may be willing and able to donate.

Thank you so much!
By Vertigo Xavier

John Burroughs Wins Fourth and Final Spot on 2015 LEP Slam Team

The fourth and final spot on this year's Lake Effect Poetry slam team was captured by John Burroughs tonight at Mahall's in Lakewood, Ohio!  Together with Skylark Bruce, Azriel Johnson, and Jaehla Meacham, he'll be representing north-east Ohio at this year's Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in June.

Slamministrator Vertigo Xavier (cough, me) will be the team's "alternate" after finishing second in two of the TS slams, stepping in only if some emergency pulls one of the team members out.  (And, hey, I'll be making the trip anyway.)

Now comes fundraising!  A team anthology is currently in the works, and one or two events will be scheduled in the next week or so.  Stay tuned!  :-D
By Vertigo Xavier

Jaehla Meacham Joins 2015 LEP Team After Win at Stardust Poetry Slam

If you thought the slam on March 21st was close, tonight was a doozy!  This time, there was only a .5 point difference between first and last place.  Victory went to Jaehla Meacham, who will compete with the Lake Effect Poetry slam team at Rustbelt Regional Slam in Rockford, IL this June!

Side note for those who were at the slam: After reviewing the score sheet, slamministrator Vertigo found a scoring error.  Jaehla should have had a 1 point time penalty deducted from her 27, giving her a final score of 26.  Some communication confusion occurred between Vertigo (who was competing in the slam) and Skylark Bruce (who was asked to emcee at the last minute) that resulted in the score announced at the slam only having a .5 point penalty.  This does not change the results of the slam in any way, as the second place poet (Vertigo) scored 25.8.

The fourth and FINAL Team Selection Slam of 2015 will take place Monday, May 4th at Mahall's in Lakewood.  The show will include feature poets Stephen Haven and Kathleen Cerveny, an open-mic, and the LEP slam.  See you there!
By Vertigo Xavier

Azriel Johnson Captures Second Spot on 2015 LEP Slam Team at Night Murmurs

After a close slam in which first and last place only saw a .7 point difference, Azriel Johnson has captured the second spot on the 2015 Lake Effect Poetry slam team!  He'll join Skylark Bruce and two still-to-be-determined poets representing north-east Ohio at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in June.

The next Team Selection Slam will be April 18th at the Stardust Poetry show at Karma Cafe in Canton (4339 Dressler Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718).  See you there!
By Vertigo Xavier

Night Murmurs Slam Location MOVED

This Saturday's Night Murmurs event (featuring Marcus Calvert and Barbara Sabol plus Lake Effect Poetry's second Team Selection Slam) has been moved from its regular location due to a weather-related building issue (the sidewalk exploded in front of the recording studio and now the front door cannot be safely opened).  The Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts has graciously allowed us to move the reading and poetry slam to their space.  The gallery will open up at 2:00 PM with the work of George and Danya Kurka on display.  The Night Murmurs show will start at 7:00.  The BGFA is located at 33 3rd St. SE #103, Barberton, OH 44203, inside The Village at Anna Dean.
By Vertigo Xavier

Skylark Bruce wins Lake Effect Poetry Team Selection Slam at Writing Knights: Stark

Victory in tonight's Lake Effect Poetry Team Selection Slam at Writing Knights: Stark (at Cultured Coffee in Canton) has been claimed by 2012 and 2014 team member Skylark Bruce!  She is the first of four poets who will comprise the team heading to Rockford, IL this June to compete at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam!

The next Team Selection Slam will be this Saturday at Night Murmurs in Akron (Polymer City Records - 730 Portage Trail Ext. W  Akron, OH 44313).  See you there!
By Vertigo Xavier

UPDATE for March 16 Slam at Writing Knights: Stark

UPDATE: The WK:Stark workshop will take place at the Stark County Library (715 Market Avenue N., Canton, OH 44702) at 6:00. After the workshop wraps up at 7:30, everyone will head to Cultured Coffee for the open-mic and the Lake Effect slam.
By Vertigo Xavier