Saturday | March 12, 2016


10:00am until it ends | Slammasters Meeting

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Official Slammasters meeting with Poetry Slam Inc.

10:00am – 12:00pm  | Twelve Tribes Open Mic

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Caroline Rothstein hosts an open mic for those who identify as Jewish.

10:00am – 12:00pm  | Rose Gold by Zhalarina H. Sanders

Location: Design Gallery Room | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall
Description: Through the mediums monologue, poetry, and Hip-Hop, Rose Gold is a one-woman play that recounts the very salient experiences of Black women and their daughters. The simultaneously tragic and comedic story follows the life of character “Bobbi” who is desperately trying to find her daughter and rectify a mistake of her past. This installment of Hip-Hop theatre explores the relations of black women in light of traumas old and new. The show aims to encourage edifying conversation around facing stigma and conquering physical, mental, and emotional hurt. With a particular focus on mental health advocacy and awareness, Rose Gold challenges the way we consider the ingenuity, creativity, and resilience of those who are commonly marginalized. Zhalarina H. Sanders takes the stage as five different characters, Bobbi, Maia, Sheila, Ada, and Elise who each contribute to the narrative in their own special way.

10:00pm – 12:00pm  | Teaching Artists for Change Panel

Location: Higgins Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: Teaching Artists for Change is a panel with literary youth agency associate program director Sofia Snow (Urban Word NYC), NY public school teacher and poet Christina Olivares, and literary youth agency director Ellen Hagan (Dream Yard).

12:30pm – 1:45pm  | Latina Workshop & Reading

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Latina themed workshops followed by an open mic led by PEN Longlist Nominee, Canto Mundo Fellow, and poet: Yesenia Montilla.

12:30pm – 1:45pm  | Youth Slam

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute
Description: Youth poetry slam for young women 20 and under. Hosted by Brooklyn born, HBO & NFL Poet: Shanelle Gabriel. Please read rules.

*UPDATE* 2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Activism Panel

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description:  A discussion with poets, writers and activist about Black Lives Matter; this panel of art activists include Aja Monet (Dream Defenders), Seema Reza, Caroline Rothstein, & representative from BK Nation.

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | The Academy of American Poets

Location: Higgins Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: The Academy of American Poets featuring poets:
Patricia Smith, Tracie Morris & Angel Nafis
Please see poets bios in Saturday Facilitators

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Queer Open Mic

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall
Description: Hosted by Imani Sims and Linette Reeman. Poets who identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum are invited to share their stories on the mic.

Divider City

Final Stage

6:00pm | Doors Open
7:00pm | Show Starts

Location: Memorial Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: After the preliminary bouts are completed, the poets with the twelve best scores and ranks advance to the finals. The thirteenth poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three-minute (or less) poems. No poems may be repeated during the tournament.
Showcase: Youth Poetry Slam Champion
Musician: Jennah Bell
Dancer: Leslie Lissaint
Host: Eboni Hogan



Divider CityLate Night Event

11:00pm  | After Party 

Location: FIVE SPOT | 459 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Description: Music by BKHP, light refreshments, and cash bar.

Please take a moment to get to know our Saturday Facilitators.
Please see venues for more detailed information about locations.