Grand Slam of Poetry – November 30

Big O Poetry Slam – Grand Slam XVI
The 16th annual grand slam team selection show will occur on Wednesday November 30 at 8:00pm in the Waterfront Room of Hunt College Union. This is a two round extravaganza!  The top two poets from six  fall qualifying poetry slams  will compete for five spots on the spring SUNY Oneonta slam team to compete in the 17th annual ACUI National College Poetry Slam a.k.a., College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) on April 12-15, 2017 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The tournament is sponsored by the Association of Colleges Unions International (ACUI).   Last year the 16th annual ACUI CUPSI was hosted by the University of Texas-Austin and drew sixty seven college teams from Canada, U.S. and Scotland.   SUNY Oneonta has sent a team for 15 consecutive years with three finals stage appearances and as a seven time national semifinalists.   The Big O Poetry Slam program series is a production of the Office Student Life and Leadership @Hunt College Union.

The twelve competing poets are: Gwyn Quagliana, Katherine Hebert, Jillian Moczara, Chandler Aldrich, Timberlyn Weber, Princeton Smith, Lillian La Plante, Rueben Velgado, Lisa Bianco, Sophia Garry, Gianna Boveri and Gabriel Membreno.   Our panel of five judges include Andrew Kahl (Theater), Carmela Marner (Theater), Kathryn Finin (English), Richard Lee (Interim Dean) and Marita Gilbert (Gender Sexuality Resource Center).  The event will be hosted by Robb Thibault (Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union).  Come support our students in the Olympics of competitive poetry,  and the varsity sport of the soul.    For more information call 607-436-3013.  Follow us at Twitter @BOPS_Oneonta or at Facebook- Big O Poetry Slam at SUNY Oneonta.