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Olympia Poetry GRAND SLAM featuring Nikkita Oliver

  • Temple Beth Hatfiloh- Oly Jews 201 8th Avenue Southeast Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)

This is it! The cumulative poetry slam of the season for Olympia. Old Growth Poetry Collective's 2nd-Annual Olympia Poetry Grand Slam! Eight poets face off for the title of Grand Slam Champion and a chance to represent Olympia at the National Poetry Slam August 1-6 in Decatur, GA.

Competing in this grand slam will be Kina Wolfenstein, Rachel Greene, Scarlett Pedersen, Aurielle Marie, Kelly Miller, Brian McCracken, Harrison Bernstein, & Daniel Fitterman

Featured performance from Seattle-based artist, activist, and educator Nikkita Oliver, recently featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hosted by Imani Sims: Poet, Performer, & Impresario!

Doors @ 5:30 - Show @ 6:30

Tix Online: $10 ($7 students)
Tix at Door: $15 ($12 students)
Proceeds go towards sending Team Olympia to the National Poetry Slam.

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*About Nikkita & Imani*

*Imani Sims has been hosting and producing events for years. She feels most at home holding space for performance art of all kinds. She is a 2016 CityArtist Grant recipient, Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas curator, and Gay City Arts Fellow where she brought Afrofuturism and Performance Art together for eight shows. Her book (A)live Heart is forthcoming on Sibling Rivalry Press this Fall.

*Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, and anti-racist organizer. She is an attorney and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Washington as of March 2016 where she studied racial disproportionality and disparate impact in school exclusion.

Nikkita is a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools at Washington Middle School, leads writing workshops with Arts Corp at Garfield High School, and is a teaching artist and case manager with Creative Justice, an arts based youth diversion program that provides alternatives to incarceration for youth who are court involved.

Nikkita is the 2015 recipient of the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award, the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam (SPS) Grand Slam Champion, the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Seattle Poetry Slam Women of the World Poetry Slam representative, a three time Seattle Poetry Slam national team member and coached the Seattle Poetry Slam national slam team twice. She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jamila Woods, Danez Smith, Owour Arunga, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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