This guest blog article is by Jenny Forgey.
Slam poetry is all about community, or so I was told when I met my long time friend, Peter Nevland, at the slam tailgating he and his wife set up on the grassy triangle across the street from Spider House Ballroom & Cafe on the first Tuesday of every month.
Peter has been a part of the slam scene since the year 2000. He slams locally, but also tours around the country slinging words for eager audiences.
“I’ve travelled all over doing slam stuff,” he told me, “and I’ve never seen a scene like the one in Austin.” His wife, Vicki, added, “It’s not just the size of the crowd [that makes Austin unique], but the quality of the poets.”
It didn’t take long for me to see what they meant. [Read more…]