Building with Language: How are poems built? What literary devices best help ideas come to life? What do you consider when you share and perform your poems? What stories can you tell? The Bull City Slam Team will take attendees on a journey of creativity, sharing their poems and their approaches to crafting them. The team will also talk about what it means to step on stage and share the most vulnerable parts of themselves, their thoughts ideas, hopes and dreams.
The Bull City Slam Team represents the Triangle in regional and national competition each summer. The team has won two regional poetry slam championships (2010, 2014) and has finished as high as third at the National Poetry Slam (2010). The Team has also had representatives make final stage at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) and Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), both events run annually by Poetry Slam Incorporated. The team is selected through participation in the Jambalaya Soul Slam, the monthly poetry slam series held at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC. BCST members also participate in creative writing and performance programming at the Hayti Heritage Center throughout the year. They also perform at and help facilitate community programs with local partners. One of the goals of the slam and the team is to not only be a representative for the community but to also be an active participant in the commmunity. BCST writes from the heart, spits from the soul, and stands together in spirit. Chris Massenburg is Dasan Ahanu - Poet, Emcee, Writer, Playwright, Performance Artist, Lecturer, Educator.