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Albany Poets go to NPS!

$2,877 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 13 months
Created June 11, 2018
Nitty Gritty Slam
It’s that time of year again! Albany's own Nitty Gritty Slam is gearing up to send four incredibly talented poets to the National Poetry Slam! And for the FIRST TIME IN NITTY GRITTY HISTORY, we are an all womxn team! 

This year in Chicago, we need funds to get ourselves there, registered, fed, and housed. As your representatives for poetry in the Capital Region, we aim to bring our most refined and radical rebelutionary performances to the national scale time and time again. At Nationals we network, we learn, we grow, we shine. We return with even more tools to enrich our community and amplify poetry as a tool of justice and social change.

Please consider donating to help us on our journey. Our budget:
- $425 registration fee
- $160/night housing
- ~$1500 for 4 plane tickets
- the rest for food, and to compensate our amazing coach for her time and expert advice

Nitty Gritty Slam is the official team of Albany, NY, certified by Poetry Slam, Inc., and takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (though we are on a brief summer hiatus at the moment to prep for Nationals. Keep your eyes out for events during Troy Night Out!). Nitty Gritty has been running since 2011 and has sent teams to the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Nitty Gritty has also represented Albany by winning regional slams in Amherst, Lenox, Pittsfield, Toronto, Buffalo, Nyack, and Troy. Donate and help us continue our winning streak, Midwest style!

All the best,
Nitty Gritty Slam Team
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Nitty Gritty did the damn thing at Nationals this past week! Thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all who donated, shared, offered words of support, and were just with us in body and spirit during this journey.

WE ARE 24th IN THE NATION RIGHT NOW. We made team piece final stage. We did the pieces we came to do. We slammed about polyamory, about the woods, about Haiti, about grandmothers, about heroin epidemics, about sex worker rights, about assault, about mass shootings, about ancestors. We listened to each other and to ourselves. We boldly went where no Albany team has gone before. And we did it all from the A & B spots in the bouts (translation: a random draw had us performing earlier in the show, which is always harder because the judges' scores creep up through the night!). AND we did it all as a multi-racial group of queer femmes from a small city in upstate NY.

We are SO excited to bring this inspiration back to Albany. We have BIG plans for slam in Albany. *Stay tuned* for upcoming changes in venue, schedule, and Nitty Gritty's name. A new era awaits!

Huge thanks to Lee Chapman for the incredible photography. If you see Laura Evelyn, Danielle Colin, Amani Olugbala, or Liv McKee this week, give them a hug. They deserve it.

Blessed bee the poets. Xo
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Thank you to each and every soul who has donated to us so far. We DEEPLY appreciate you. We are gearing up to leave so soon, and with just a few hundred dollars to go to meet our goal and have a smooth week in Chicago! If anyone would like to donate a few more dollars, now is the time.

Follow @slamalbany on instagram and Nitty Gritty Slam on FB for regular updates through our week in Chicago!

THANK YOU COMMUNITY!
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Raised by 83 people in 13 months
Created June 11, 2018
Nitty Gritty Slam
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