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The Slam Poetry Show

The Slam Poetry Show

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  • Mon 13 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch



Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • With Student ID: $5.00

The Slam Poetry Show: Carrie Rudzinski, Ken Arkind and Mark Raffills.

International Slam champions to perform in Christchurch!

Prepare for the hurricane of words that tumble like a river of life from the wide-open hearts of Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind as they bring their slam poetry to Space Academy.

Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind are touring the South Island to perform the brand of Slam poetry that has taken them around the world. The show will include a guest set from Nelson poet NZ National Slam finalist Mark Raffills, opened by local poet NZ National Slam Finalist Kimberley Holmes. Featuring MC Sophie Rea who is not only the current NZ Rising Voices Slam Champion but also the 3rd place winner of the Regional Amateur Comedy Finals.

Poetry Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It has developed to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating spoken word events that build audience participation, stimulate creativity, foster education and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language!

Carrie Rudzinski:
Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam, Carrie Rudzinski has a delivery that holds the space between mouth and ears and makes it her own. Rudzinski has performed her work across New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India and in almost all 50 of the United States. She is the author of four collections of poetry, the Programme Co-ordinator for the Michael King Writer's Centre's Poetry Project as well as the 2016 Programme Director for Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam.

Ken Arkind:
“If we could bottle the hallelujah on the inside of Ken Arkind’s windpipe there'd be more believers in poetry than there are in Jesus, who coincidentally was the last hairy guy to talk this good,” says reviewer Andrea Gibson. Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries and at over 200 colleges and universities.

He is the founding Program Director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. Ken is the author of Denver and Coyotes. He is a year 2 Creative Writing student at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Mark Rafills:
Words have been Mark Raffills’ stock-in-trade for over 40 years. Whether scribbling dispatches from the famine-stricken Horn of Africa or penning reviews of rock albums, the story just has to be told. This Nelson-based publisher, journalist, and publicist has crafted text as though his life - and the lives of others - depended on it. Convener of both the Golden and Nelson Live Poets groups Raffills is found telling his poems on street corners, in art galleries and pubs or at festivals and poetry events across the country. He was a finalist in the inaugural NZ Poetry Slam in 2011 and again in 2015 and also tours from time to time with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance

Slam - the disenfranchised poet, the spoken word artist, dusting down the shelf of poetic academia and channeling the heart through talking blues and rap from the neighbourhood. Time to lend an ear and get along to Rudzinski, Arkind and Raffills’ show!

Show starts at 7:30pm.

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