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10 lessons I’ve learned from writing my thesis

4 Dec

I love reflecting and dreaming. It’s shocking, right? I get into deeper reflection mode in December as I soak up the past year and think about my dreams for the future. It has been another year of wonderful opportunities, tough challenges, amazing people and living out my passions.

While reflecting on this past year, I realized I don’t take enough time to soak up my accomplishments. I probably spend more time appreciating the little things in life, but I think it’s also important to value reaching certain goals.

One of those moments was FINALLY finishing my thesis. 

Last month, I walked across the NAC stage, shook Michaelle Jean’s hand and got my master’s degree. It’s pretty surreal writing this post, considering the fact I didn’t think I would actually finish. If you ask my friends, the thesis updates were rarely positive!

(Robert Tenn-Yuk)

I finally did it! (Robert Tenn-Yuk)

But it’s done and I’m writing this post. Woo!

The past three years have been quite the journey. There were many tears and low points, but I’m glad I pushed through. Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned from writing my thesis.

  1. What if you lose your passion? Sorry to break it to you, but this will happen. You won’t always feel passionate and will probably want to quit many times. This was a huge struggle for me, especially as someone who advocates for people to follow their passions. Sometimes, you need to suck it up and do it.
  2. Tough love goes a long way. Have blunt people in your life who will tell it like it is. When I told one of my closest friends I wasn’t passionate about my thesis and wanted to quit, she gave me some tough love. She told me I had come this far, couldn’t give up and had to finish what I started – even if I wasn’t passionate about my work. This conversation was a turning point in which I committed to finishing what I started.
  3. Trust your gut. My thesis changed drastically from my original vision. I didn’t trust myself on how I wanted to do it, which made writing a challenge (i.e. critical discourse analysis isn’t the most exciting methodology). If trusting your gut means putting more work on the front end, do it.
  4. Find the cheerleaders. You’re going to stare at your computer for many, many days. You won’t write anything. You’ll waste a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You’ll probably cry. When you’re in those spots, surround yourself with people who will encourage, support and ask you how you’re doing. When you don’t believe it, others can keep the faith.
  5. Reward yourself. Set mini goals instead of focusing on the end product. The finish line will overwhelm you. I often rewarded myself with going to the gym or hanging out with friends. It’s okay to take a break. And it’s okay to cry.
  6. Have work friends. My supervisor set up group meetings every week, which were really helpful to keep me on task and stay motivated. It was nice to be around people who were going through the same process, and could encourage and give feedback.
  7. Add a new discourse. It’s exciting to think I’ve added a new discourse to academia and documented Capital Slam’s history. Many people talked about the lack of female poets in the scene, and I got to deeply investigate the community and put that story in the public sphere. There’s also limited research on slam poetry (especially in Canada), so it’s neat to add a new discourse.
  8. A piece of paper matters. I had numerous arguments with friends about this piece of paper. I constantly questioned if it really mattered. They said yes. I know that doing a master’s degree in women’s studies has opened up several doors for me. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want my lack of a piece of paper to prevent me from certain opportunities.
  9. Where’s your focus? My thesis was never my focus, so that’s why it took me an extra year to complete. If I had acknowledged that sooner and was okay with taking a bit longer, then I wouldn’t have been so hard on myself. Since I didn’t focus on my thesis, I could pursue some other great opportunities.
  10. A good thesis is a finished thesis. This was great advice from my friend. My thesis wasn’t perfect and there were many ways I could’ve taken it, but I finished it. Someone else can take up where I left off and hopefully it’ll help someone who’s doing research on slam poetry.
The fam.

Grateful to share this moment with my family.

And remember, don’t be so hard on yourself. Writing a thesis (or any essay or project) can be really challenging. When you need some encouragement, watch this scene from The Waterboy. I’m living proof that you can do it!

When you have chance, please check out my thesis on Capital Slam’s poetry scene: Where My Girls At? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Gender, Race, Sexuality, Voice and Activism in Ottawa’s Capital Slam Poetry Scene.

Here’s a quick abstract:

Ottawa’s Capital Slam poetry scene has transformed over the past decade, marking a shift in the identities, discourses and performance styles of local poets. This thesis investigates these changes and trends within the time periods of 2008-2010 and 2012-2014.

This thesis demonstrates the shift from male poets of colour in 2008-2010 to female voices in 2012-2014 at Capital Slam, through an examination of Ottawa’s history and a multimodal critical discourse analysis of online performances. In particular, the creation of local alternative poetry shows over the past five years has increased the representation of female poets and transformed the racial dynamics of the scene.

During the period 2008-2010 and 2012-2014, poets used key historical elements of slam poetry such as storytelling and speaking through personal experiences to effectively demonstrate how marginalized individuals can speak counter-narratives to dominant culture. The use of storytelling allowed these poets to engage, connect and dialogue with the audience, as well as demonstrate their different identities, discourses and performance styles.

What are some lessons you’ve learned from writing a thesis, paper or finishing a project?

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I’m presenting at Pecha Kucha and Congress in Victoria

27 May

This is a really exciting and busy week for me! I’m presenting at Pecha Kucha in Ottawa and Congress in Victoria, along with a few other events I’d like to share with you.

What’s Pecha Kucha, you may ask?

Pecha Kucha is an event for creative people to get together and share their ideas, thoughts and work. Each speaker presents 20 images, for 20 seconds each and talks along the visuals. Pecha Kucha first started in Tokyo 10 years ago and the events take place in more than 600 cities worldwide.

I’m incorporating some spoken word poetry into my presentation, so I hope people find my talk interesting. Pecha Kucha Ottawa Vol. 08 is happening on Wednesday, May 29 at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, and you can purchase your tickets here.

I was also invited to perform some spoken word at an event before Pecha Kucha at St. Alban’s Church, so it’ll definitely be a busy night.

Off to Victoria!

I’m presenting some of my research on slam poetry at Congress and giving a workshop. Congress is Canada’s largest humanities and social sciences conference. I’ve never been to Victoria, so I’m excited to share my work and to also explore the city. I’ve heard it’s absolutely beautiful there!

Words to Live By is back this Tuesday, May 28 at Pressed Cafe. We’ll be featuring Daniel Mark Patterson (DMP) who recently qualified for the Urban Legends poetry slam finals. We’re excited to hear his work and hopefully hear some new voices in the open mic. Open mic sign-up is at 6:30pm.

A few weeks ago, I also acted in a short film by my friend, Caro Ibrahim. The film will be shown at the Digi60 Spring Festival on Thursday, May 30 at the Bytowne Cinema. I’ve seen the final version of the short, and the visuals and script came together beautifully.

I’m a bit nervous to see my face on a big screen, but I hope you enjoy the film and my acting!

Smelling the flowers. (Caro Ibrahim)

Smelling pretty flowers in Between You & Me. (Caro Ibrahim)

(Caro Ibrahim)

I approve! (Caro Ibrahim)

You are not a label, you are a sentence (poem)

4 Mar

I used to see labels – until I became one
Where I allowed that one label to pigeonhole and mark me
And devalue my identity and tell me, I just wasn’t worth it.

*An excerpt from my poem, Labels, which you can see below.

Labels can be helpful to understand objects, issues and people. However, they can also been used in negative ways to stereotype, limit and stifle those around us.

We have all used labels. Some labels have positive qualities associated with them, while others bring insecurities, shame and fear. These boxes can limit, and prevent people from being who they are and who they can be.

I don't like black and white boxes. (Terri Figueiredo)

I don’t like boxes, especially black and white ones. (Terri Figueiredo)

How often do we put people and communities into boxes, labels and stereotypes without hearing their stories? 

We do it all the time. It’s easy, convenient and often lazy.

And you know, labels just let us be lazy
Because we can’t see past the hazy label
And realize life is more grey than black and white
That people are more than black or white or brown or red or yellow
They are people, and should not be hated for being different.
And one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard was when my friend said,
“Jenna, you are not a label. You are a sentence. Actually, you’re a few sentences.”

I shared this beautiful quote during my TEDTalk (Allison Smith).

Sharing my friend’s words in my poem and TEDTalk. (Allison Smith)

One of my best friends shared these powerful words with me a few years ago. Her words are just as profound then as they are now.

Why do we use labels and erase our sentences?

Our first impressions are often incorrect and limiting. We don’t take the time to hear people’s stories. We don’t even take the time to see the various pieces of our identity that make up our beautiful tapestries.

Everyone loses out when we simply see labels and ignore our sentences. We need to remember that we are whole people and each one of us has so much to offer the world.

I recently gave a lecture at the University of Ottawa and shared my work on the politics of slam poetry, as well as the complexities of identity and the potential for change in the slam arena. I also wove in some of my poetry to flesh out some of these ideas, and it’s neat combining my passions with academia.

I would like to thank my friend, Caro Ibrahim, who filmed my poem and lecture. They are a talented, Ottawa-based filmmaker, so check out their work when you have a chance!

What are some labels in your life?

Words to Live By and upcoming talks

25 Feb

When I first started performing spoken word poetry, I never imagined the possibilities it could bring. This is an exciting and busy week of poetry from workshops to academia to shows.

I’m leading a spoken word workshop tomorrow, and giving a lecture and speaking at a graduate student conference at the University of Ottawa. In my talks, I will be discussing some of the politics of slam poetry, the complexities of identity and the potential for change in these spaces.

It’s really neat to be able to combine my interests in academia and slam, and to discuss the dynamics that occur in the slam poetry arena. Over the weekend, I was on a panel at a conference and performed some of my poetry about the difficulties of negotiating identity.

It was great to expose other academics to slam, and the importance and potential of theorizing this space. I also find it powerful that spoken word can bring theory to life through performance, and engage people in a new and interesting way.

The academic world is interesting, but I really enjoy creating a space for people to speak their voices. One of my favourite parts of being in the spoken word community is co-hosting, Words to Live By. We will be featuring some talented youth poets, Biting Midge and Emelie Jáquez, this Wednesday, February, 27 at Pressed Café. This is Biting Midge’s first solo set, and Emelie’s first-ever feature.

This could be you! (Rebecca Jones)

This could be you! (Rebecca Jones)

I always envisioned Words to Live By to be an open and safe space where people could step up to the open mic for the first time, and to also showcase poets who are just starting out. We’ve had a number of people share their work in front of an audience for the first time, and some poets have had their first feature here. One of those poets includes, V, who was a member of the 2012 Capital Slam team and recently won the Last Poet Standing Poetry Slam in Toronto.

The possibilities for spoken word are endless, so don’t limit yourself. Imagine the different ways you can use your voice and engage those around you. If you’re free on Wednesday, please come and support these talented youth poets and perhaps share some of your work for the first time!

Searching for the light at the end of the tunnel

31 Jan
A cyclist biking through the fog. (Jenna Tenn-Yuk)

A cyclist biking through the fog. (Jenna Tenn-Yuk)

I was walking outside last night when I came across a cyclist who was biking under an overpass. It was a foggy and rainy night, and he seemed to disappear into the mist.

As I watched him bike, he couldn’t see too far ahead and I imagined the fog made biking a bit difficult. However, car headlights would shine brightly to give him a better sense of direction.

This sight reminded me how hard it can be to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For me, that’s my master’s degree thesis. There’s a lot of research, writing, thinking and reflecting. Oh, and frustration. That cycle goes on and on.

Sometimes, I just stare at my laptop, hoping for some divine intervention that will inspire me to write something – to write anything. It’s really difficult to stay focused when you don’t see immediate results and don’t exactly know what’s ahead of you.

When you feel directionless and stuck, it can be hard to see the finish line. Maybe life is really tough and you don’t see a way out of your situation. Or perhaps you’re unhappy in a job, relationship or program. Or you may feel as if your thesis or essay will never get written.

Why does the fog of life cloud over our perspective?

Sometimes, you need to push through and just write your thesis, continue your job or hang on during a difficult situation. Other times, these feelings may indicate you need to stop and reassess, and maybe even move on. You’re not a failure or weak if your situation isn’t working out and it’s a terrible fit.

I’m passionate about my research, but the politics and issues of the slam poetry scene sometimes make writing my thesis difficult. However, I’ll be adding some interesting, new and exciting research to Ottawa’s spoken word poetry scene, as well as the slam scene in Canada.

I need to keep focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.

I may not be finished my thesis, but other opportunities have come up that make me really excited. I have some upcoming conferences and lectures where I get to share my research and poetry with audiences who may not be familiar with slam poetry. I love exposing people to different ideas and activities, and opening them up to a new way of thinking.

I’m also a teaching assistant and one of my students came up to me after the lecture today. She said she came to the Women’s Slam Championship on the weekend after I made an announcement in class. This student said it was the first time she had seen slam poetry and enjoyed my poems. She’s really excited to check out more.

It’s those little moments where I’m reminded that my research, passions and presence are worthwhile – even if I don’t see immediate results.

Well, I guess it’s time to get back to my research and get some writing done. Until next time, hopefully this little girl can you give you some encouragement and inspiration!

The first time I came out as gay in my poetry

25 Jan

You know what’s scary? Performing spoken word poetry in front of strangers. You know what’s even scarier? Performing spoken word in front of strangers at a slam competition, and telling them your deepest fears and secrets.

That happened to me last year at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. It was the first time I shared my difficult struggle of being gay and Christian in front of a large audience and at a slam. Terrifying, right?

Last January, Ottawa held its first Women’s Slam Championship to create a higher profile for women in slam and spoken word around the city. Ottawa’s slam scene is known to be competitive and male dominated, and VERSe Ottawa, the organizers of VERSeFest, hoped to showcase the breadth of talent among female voices and encourage more women to get involved.

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Some “movers and shakers” at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. (via Mia Morgan)

The 12 poets were chosen as some of the “movers and shakers” from throughout the history of the spoken word scene in Ottawa. I was honoured to be part of that list and to share the stage with such talented poets.

Leading up to the slam, I knew I wanted to share a piece I wrote about being gay and Christian. I had never shared that poem in public and it was an issue deep on my heart. I hadn’t heard many poets in Ottawa talk about the complexities and difficulties of negotiating one’s faith and sexuality, and I felt compelled to speak.

I knew I wasn’t the only one who had experienced this struggle, and I couldn’t be silent when I had this platform to speak from and knew many people wrestled with these issues. I wanted to help people know they weren’t alone and to also challenge the notion that it’s impossible to be gay and Christian.

However, the thought of coming out in such a public space petrified me. I tried to convince myself I couldn’t do it and it was too vulnerable, but I knew I had to speak this story. 

I knew I had to speak my story.

I had already been out to everyone who needed to know, but I’d never shared my sexuality in front of a huge group, let alone more than 100 people at the Arts Court Theatre.

What would people think of me? Would they judge me?

As I stood in front of the sold out crowd at Arts Court, I knew I couldn’t turn back. No matter what the score, reception or outcome would be, I had to speak my story. I had to gain my voice back in this area of my life where I’ve experienced so much shame, guilt, self-hatred and fear.

After I performed my piece on my struggles of being gay and Christian, some powerful and liberating words repeated through my head.

I AM FREE.

This is what freedom looks like. (Pearl Pirie)

This is what freedom looks like. (Pearl Pirie)

I had taken a huge step and it didn’t matter what people thought of me. Maybe they judged me for being gay. Or perhaps for being Christian. Or maybe they connected with my story and knew they weren’t the only one trying to negotiate these parts of their identities.

I had never been to a slam like that before. Everyone was so supportive and the competition wasn’t at the forefront – an aspect of slam I don’t like. You can check out a recap of last year’s slam, written by Averie Macdonald.

I’ve always struggled with my feelings for slam. It’s a beautiful space for people to speak their voices and talk about issues they deeply care about. However, it’s also a space of competition where poets may perform certain poems in order to get high scores.

Despite the politics I dislike about slam, this platform has opened up spaces for myself and many others to speak powerful stories. I hope this slam does the same for the other poets performing on Saturday, as well as inspire those in the audience to see ways they can use their voices.

Please come and support this slam. Rusty Priske, the slammaster of Capital Slam, wrote a powerful piece about the lack of support for women in Ottawa’s slam and spoken word community. It’s going to be an amazing show and you don’t want to miss out!

I also have some upcoming shows I’d like to share with you.

Consent Is Sexy Week closing celebration – Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8pm at the University of Ottawa.

Ottawa’s second Women’s Slam Championship – Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7pm at the Mercury Lounge.

Mary Lambert’s GOOD FEELINGS MUSIC AND POETRY 2013Mary Lambert is a talented spoken word artist and musician from Seattle, and sings on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song, Same Love. I’m excited to be part of this show on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9pm at the Rainbow Bistro.

The POWERofWORDS (SLAM) – Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:30pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian.

But a voice kept saying, stick to your vision

19 Sep

Performing at the Grand Slam 500. (James Park/House of PainT)

I’ve seen a lot of valleys, I’ve seen a lot of peaks
I’ve seen the bitter with the sweet, victory and defeat
Sometimes I fell, but a voice kept saying
Son, stick to your vision, peep the composition.

*Lyrics from Stick to Your Vision by Maestro Fresh Wes.

Last Friday, I performed at the House of PainT’s, Grand Slam 500 Poetry Slam, and it was quite the show! The slam was at Shopify, the former Capital Music Hall, and the event was at full capacity.

I competed against 11 very talented poets who put on a great show for the crowd, and Hyfidelik came out on top. I was also honoured to meet the godfather of Canadian hip hop and one of the celebrity judges, Maestro Fresh Wes. Heading into the slam, Maestro’s song, Stick to Your Vision, was my motto for the night.

Maestro Fresh Wes and I matched, so we took a photo! (James Park/House of PainT)

Regardless of the outcome, I knew I had to stick to my vision.

I shared a poem about my experiences of being a minority, and the various aspects of my identity that have felt different, marginalized and even worthless. I had never performed this piece at a slam, so it was a pretty risky move on my part.

Slam is a competition and many poets are out there to win – especially when there’s a $500 prize for the winner. If I was being strategic, I would’ve performed an older poem that has already received high scores. It makes sense if that’s your vision, but that wasn’t my goal.

When you perform older pieces, regular slam goers and other poets know your witty lines and will snap, cheer and speak along with you. This gets the crowd excited and can obviously influence the judges.

The crowd got to play an even greater role at this slam. Instead of five randomly-selected judges scoring the poets, the entire crowd got to vote for the “white” or “red” poet in the head-to-head battles.

Red or white? (James Park/House of PainT)

After my performance, Maestro came up to me and told me he really liked my poem and said I gave a great performance. Pretty awesome, right?

At the end of the night, host and spoken word artist, John Akpata, told the crowd to go up to a poet if they were affected by a piece. We’ve all been impacted by a performance, but how often do we actually let the person know?

Sticking to my vision. (Ming Wu)

As a performer and public speaker, it means the world to know even one person has been impacted by my words. A number of people throughout the night told me they were moved by my piece, and I knew I made the right decision to perform that poem.

If I only have one chance to share my vision, what do I want to communicate?

It’s not only in slam where we have to stick to our vision. We do it every day in the decision we make, the way we carry ourselves, how we treat other people and the places we direct our passions.

We need to constantly ask ourselves:

What’s my vision?
What am I passionate about?
What kind of legacy do I want to leave?

Poets and guest judges. (James Park/House of PainT)

Check out some more photos from the night by James Park (House of PainT) and Ming Wu.

Maestro’s EP, Black Tuxedo, was released yesterday so be sure to get a copy. This post wouldn’t be complete without listening to Stick to Your Vision, so check it out!

To slam, or not to slam, that is the question

13 Sep

This weekend is House of PainT, an urban arts and culture festival taking “hip hop back to its roots” by promoting community consciousness and political awareness through art, dance, music and spoken word. I’ll be participating in the Grand Slam 500 Poetry Slam tomorrow on Friday, September 12, and competing against 11 other talented slam poets in Ottawa.

I’m excited to participate in this event, but I also have some mixed feelings. I love that slam poetry can be a place for people to speak their voices, challenge the status quo, raise political awareness, create dialogue and effect change.

On the other hand, I find it to be extremely nerve-wracking, vulnerable, competitive and there are many politics at play. As I’ve seen and have come to learn while being part of Ottawa’s slam scene, the “best” poet doesn’t always win.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with slam poetry, you get on a stage and you have three minutes to share a poem about anything, from politics to identity to relationships to the mundane. Five randomly-selected judges in the audience then score your poem on a scale of 1-10, based on what you say and how you perform the piece.

There are a number of aspects that can influence the results: delivery, popularity, the crowd, image and being seen as authentic. There’s also the potential exploitation and abuse of telling certain stories to get high scores.

This actually happens? I was shocked when I heard about it and then saw it. Since it’s a competition, unfortunately it does happen.

So why am I slamming?

The same reason I started slamming in the first place. Three years ago, my friend and former World Poetry Slam champion, Ian Keteku, invited me to a slam and I was blown away by this new art form. Months later, I was inspired and wrote my first poem, Everyone Loves An Asian Girl, based off of a t-shirt I have.

I shared this poem with Ian and another friend in Ottawa’s slam scene, Chris Tse, who is a former national slam champion. They told me I had to slam. I said no.

First of all, who wants to be judged in such a public space? Second of all, most of my poetry is personal and I was petrified to share these intimate parts of my life in front of strangers.

However, my friends told me my voice was missing from the scene and I just had to do it.

How could I fight and ignore that? Despite my fears, I thought it was important to step out of my comfort zone, and add another voice and perspective to the spoken word community. I’m always up for trying something new and pushing myself, and this was no exception.

As I’ve shared in a previous post, Where my girls at: Ottawa’s slam poetry scene, Ottawa is known as being competitive and male dominated. There are a number of female and genderqueer poets performing in this slam, and I’m excited to see the variety of voices.

Instead of simply recognizing the issues, it’s time to step up to the plate and do something about it.

By sharing my voice and story, I want to help people know they’re not alone in their experiences. One of the best parts of performing is connecting with people and realizing how much we have in a common – especially in a world where we’re constantly divisive on so many issues. I also hope people can see the power in speaking their voices and stories, and the ways they can effect change in the communities around them.

Following the slam, I have some really exciting opportunities coming up next week. I’m giving a lecture at the University of Ottawa on spoken word poetry, activism and finding your voice.

I’m also featuring at the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam on Monday, September 17 at Pressed. I’ll be giving a poetry workshop and then performing some spoken word poetry and music. I hope you can make it out to some of these events!

Where my girls at: Ottawa’s slam poetry scene

19 Jun

The Ottawa Capital Slam finals were this past Saturday and it was a creative, thought-provoking and entertaining night of spoken word poetry. Some poems were intense and personal, some political and funny, and others uplifting. My favourite stories are the ones you connect with, the kinds that leave you thinking and desiring change in your own life as well as in the communities around you.

The most exciting part of the night for me was seeing V, CapSlam’s rookie of the year, finish in second place. “Team V” could be heard throughout the night and the crowd roared as her name was announced. She is the first female poet to make the CapSlam team since 2007, and was also the only female out of eight poets competing in the finals.

As a female poet in Ottawa’s slam scene, I have seen male poets dominate the CapSlam stage since I got introduced to slam three years ago. I have spoken to many poets in the city and they have told me this trend was occurring before I started.

Despite this issue, I have met many talented female poets who have powerful, beautiful and unique voices. I have also seen an abundance of them performing at open mics and Voices of Venus, a monthly, all-women’s poetry show in the city. I find it interesting that many of these poets have never shared on the slam stage, which raises many questions for me.

What are the politics and barriers – perceived or not – that may be preventing women from performing and doing well in Ottawa’s slam scene?

The dominance of male poets has been recognized here and was one of the catalysts for the creation of Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship this past January. VERSe Ottawa, the organizers of VERSeFest, wanted to create a higher profile for women in slam and spoken word around the city.

They also hoped to showcase the breadth of talent among female voices and encourage more women to get involved. I participated in the women’s slam, and it was beautiful to see so many female poets in Ottawa’s slam history speak their voices and stories.

Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. (Photo via Mia Morgan)

I wonder if having a women’s slam will inspire more women to perform and share their work. I’ve spoken to many women who write poetry and I ask them why they’re not interested in participating in slam. I’ve heard a number of responses, but the most prevalent ones seem to be the competition, being scored and not having the “right” style  whatever that means.

As I saw the crowd get behind V on Saturday night and the power that came from the women’s slam in January, I see a craving for more female voices in Ottawa’s slam scene. There are also a number of talented up-and-coming female poets, so I hope this is the start of many new stories, voices and perspectives to hit the mic.

A full recap of Saturday’s finals can be found on the Capital Slam blog. There will be many ways to support the 2012 CapSlam team made up of Open Secret, V, Sir Realist, PrufRock and Just Jamaal.

This post would not be complete without some 702. Enjoy!

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