2016 Brenda Moossy Video Slam

The winner of this online slam will receive free registration for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Here are the rules:

  1. All entrants must be at least 18 and live their lives as women. Poets who are currently on the waitlist for WOWPS may enter, but those who are already on the roster of competing poets may not.
  2. Videos must be of the poet performing one of her original poems and must be no longer than 3 minutes 10 seconds.
  3. Entrants should use the submission page to submit their videos by February 1, 2016. Voting will end on February 12, 2016.
  4. All video entries will be displayed on the website. Entrants and supporters are more than welcome to link to the entries and encourage people to vote.
  5. Anyone may vote once for their favorite poem.

Submit your video HERE

Any questions? Feel free to e-mail any questions to executivedirector [at] poetryslam.com.

In honor of Brenda Moossy

Brenda J. Moossy, a first generation American of Lebanese descent, was born and raised in East Texas during the ’50s and ’60s. She fled her small town after high school graduation to Austin, Texas during The Summer of Love, 1967. After flunking out of the University of Texas three times (the streets were far more interesting than the classrooms), and after deciding that The Revolution or Global Destruction was imminent, she packed her gear in the back of an old Econoline Van and headed for the Ozark Mountains. When a stint at the Blunderosa Commune proved weirder than she could bear, she reluctantly moved to “town.”

She lived most of her adult life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she decided to “git serious” and go back to school. She became a nurse specializing in HIV disease. She felt her work impacted her world view and her writing. She was a founding and active member of the Ozark Poetry Collective, which has grown to become the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective.

Brenda had four limited edition chapbooks and in early 2009 co-produced an audio entitled Ozark Women Poets – Snake Dreams. She published in small literary journals, gave numerous public readings including appearances at the Cantab Lounge in Boston, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and The Knitting Factory in New York City, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, and Cody’s Books Poetry Flash Reading Series in Berkeley. A member of the Ozarks Team to the 1995 National Poetry Slam, she also conducted classes and workshops on the craft of poetry to young writers in the Arkansas and New Jersey schools. She was the proud parent of one child, Peter, who is also a poet.

January 21, 1949 – January 29, 2009