WOWPS DTX
THE WHO
THE WHAT
THE WHEN
THE WHERE
THE HOW

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Sherrie zantea
HOST CITY COORDINATOR

Sherrie Zantea (Candy) has been writing and performing poetry for over 20 years. Candy has collaborated with several celebrities, organizations and fortune 500 companies throughout her career. Candy is the Founder of CandyWorld Productions, where she writes, directs and produces various plays, musicals and events; “Sherrie’s Sanctuary” an organization that promotes self healing for women. She is the current Slammaster/Executive Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization​.

princess mcdowell
​volunteer Coordinator

Princess McDowell is a poet, writer and journalist from Dallas, Texas. She’s released a CD of poetry entitled Not A Storybook and a chapbook named faith move muscle. She’s co-facilitates the youth poetry organization Dallas Youth Poets and is currently writing her first fiction novel. She can be reached at princess.mcdowell@gmail.com

Allison burden
​Marketing and Promotions coordinator

Allison Burden is a writer, speaker, singer, educator, corporate trainer, and now entrepreneur! She has been in the Dallas area for five years and has since become the founder of “Be Still…And MOVE!” Her writing has been published in magazines and her blogs are shared globally. She can be reached at bestillandmove@gmail.com.

don juan hutchinson
event tournament consultant

Don Juan is A Master Wordsmith, Performance Poet, Coach, Teaching Artist and Mentor. His passion for the development of one’s artistic Devolopment led him to start his own Poetry Troupe….TEAMGRINDERS, where he coaches Professional Poets and was Nominated for A National Poetry Award for Best troupe/group. Don Juan is A Champion among Champions. Released his first CD “I’m Still Alive” 2015. A few accolades include 2x Fort Worth Slam Champ. Dallas Slam Champ. North Texas Poetry Awards Slam Champion. 3x National Semi finalist. PSI South West Regional Champ and was 2015 National Poetry Awards Slam Artist of the Year. He prides himself as being a voice for the voiceless. But of all his accomplishments he most proud of being a ever present and devoted FATHER of 5 wonderful children.

GNO
creative consultant
web and media

In 2005 GNO was named “One of the 64 People Making Dallas Hot” by D Magazine. Not content to pick one media or medium, GNO has dabbled in a broad range of artistic endeavors that have allowed him to work on projects ranging from music videos to corporate marketing campaigns. Along with his premier poetry performance troupe OIL (Ordained In Lyrics) he has done voice-over work for McDonalds and other corporate entities. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, GNO has been writing, creating, and performing creative works of literature, music, and film for over three decades. He is currently a higher education professional and serving as the Asst. Director of Student Activities at his alma mater UT Dallas.

javon rustin
creative consultant
web and media

Javon Rustin is a poet and software developer from North Carolina. He moved to Dallas in 2013. Since moving he has release two CD, a book, and was on the 2015 Dallas Slam Team. He currently spends his time performing and creating websites. He can be reached at javon.rustin@gmail.com.

SUZI q. SMITH
PSI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Suzi Q. Smith is a poet, mother, and activist from Denver, Colorado. She has served as the organization’s Executive Director since August 2014. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, she served for two years as the Vice President of the Executive Council. She has been an active member of Poetry Slam, Inc. since 2006, volunteering as a local slam organizer, as a competing poet, and as the Chair of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Suzi has a B.A. in English Writing and has worked with non-profit organizations in and around Denver for fifteen years. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Poetry Slam Inc., Suzi Q. is a teaching artist in Denver and she performs her poetry throughout the United States.

KAREN GARRABRANT
​tournament director

Karen Garrabrant (aka Karen G.) is a decade-plus slam manager, poet, fanatic, host, and organizer in the Atlanta area. She curated events twice for The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Ladyfest South and Estrofest’s Seen + Heard Festival and served on the board of directors for the first Rock Camp For Girls’ (ATL). She is a performer, host, organizer and coach for Art Amok! and partners with the nation’s oldest feminist bookstore, Charis Books & More in running Cliterati. She’s coached ten teams to compete at the annual National Poetry Slam. She’s been an Assistant Tournament Director, volunteer and emcee for the Individual World Poetry Slam and the Tournament Director and competing poet in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. By day she works behind the book spines at Emory University’s General Library.

MAUREEN BENSON
committee consultant

Maureen Benson is an educator, activist and community organizer from Oakland, CA who loves supporting organizations and events from behind the scenes. As a former high school principal turned consultant, Maureen finds her hands in many incredible projects that support the arts, social justice and transformation in the world. Having thrown national events for various clients since 2010, she loves engaging community in building a conference that offers learning, love and growth. Maureen is incredibly excited to support PSi in taking the National Poetry Slam to the next level after its 25th anniversary and beyond!

joanna hoffman
COMMITTEE CONSULTANT

Joanna Hoffman is a spoken word poet originally from Silver Spring, MD and now living in Brooklyn. She has been on five National Poetry Slam (NPS) teams. In 2006, her team performed on Finals stage and ranked 4th in the nation. In 2007, she was the DC/Baltimore Grand Slam Champion and the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative for Baltimore. In 2011, she represented Urbana at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), National Poetry Slam, and Individual World Poetry Slam, placing in the top 10 at all three. In 2012, she represented Louder Arts at WOWPS, placing 4th overall, and is the Grand Slam Champion for the 2012 Urbana team. She is the 2012 Champion of Capturing Fire, the queer international poetry competition.

Her work has appeared in PANK, Union Station Magazine, Sinister Wisdom, The Legendary, decomP, Spindle and as part of the recent GirlChild Press anthology, Women’s Work and the Jewish lesbian poetry anthology Milk and Honey. Her full-length book of poetry was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in August 2013, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and is listed on the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow list for 2013. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When not performing poetry, she works at a non-profit organization and runs in Prospect Park.

linette reeman
FESTIVAL GUIDE DESIGNER

Linette Reeman (they/them) is a poet and hot mess from the Jersey Shore. They’ve represented Loser Slam (Red Bank, NJ) at multiple regional and national slams and this is their second year representing Rowan University at the college national slam (CUPSI), where they are also pursuing a BA in history. Linette’s work has been published in places like Words Dance, great weather for MEDIA, Voicemail Poems, and forthcoming in Drunk in a Midnight Choir. They probably want to high-five you.

JEROD “DTOX” DAVIES
poster designer

erod “DTOX” Davies JEROD DAVIES aka DTOX is a multifaceted self-taught artist raised in Dallas, Texas by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Coming from a long line of visual artists in his immediate family Jerod moves comfortably between styles and excels naturally at his use of color and ornate application. Heavily influenced by texture, his style is virtually impossible to categorize yet easy to describe, bold portraits, believable and surreal, direct yet ornate with a vibrant sarcasm. He placed 7th in the national NORTH AMERICAN BODY PAINT CHAMPIONSHIPS.

This website, http://wowps2017.com, was created by GNO and maintained by Javon Rustin, Web and Media Directors of 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Host Committee. All content is © WOWPS2017.com, excluding photographs and logos that represent Facebook, Instagram, and Poetry Slam, Inc.

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2017 Tournament Director is Rachel Warren.

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2017 poster designer Jerod “DTOX” Davies along with Body Paint Model, Dehvon Davies.

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2017 logo designed by GNO White.

All photos are © photographer stated in watermark or caption. As always, please credit artists upon sharing their work. To obtain use of our photos for publication or promotion, please contact anyone one the WOWPS 2017 committee.

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2017, Welcome to Dallas, Texas. We are the WOWPS DTX Planning Committee and we will be your hosts for the event. The poetry slam is a competition invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith [“So what!”] in which performed poetry is judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Poets have a few minutes to present their original work. The judges will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating such qualities as performance, content, and originality. The high and low scores of each performance are tossed, and the middle three are added giving the performer their score. Points are deducted for violating the time limit. We beseech the judges to remain unswayed by the audience—audience, try to sway the judges—and score each poet by the same set of criteria, ignoring whatever boisterous reaction your judgment elicits. Audience: Let the judges know how you feel about the job that they are doing, but be respectful in your exuberance; there could be no show without them.

What is Poetry Slam Inc.?

What is Women of the World Poetry Slam?

How can a poet compete?

Please note the dates of registration.

Poetry Slam Inc.

​​Women of the World Poetry Slam is an official Poetry Slam Inc. event. Poetry Slam Inc. creates the rules, manages registration, and runs the tournament.

The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.

The Host City Planning Committee manages marketing, venues, workshops and events outside of the tournament. We welcome you to Dallas.

Check it: Poetry Slam Inc. WOWPS FAQ

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2017, Welcome to Dallas, Texas. We are the WOWPS DTX Planning Committee and we will be your hosts for the event. The poetry slam is a competition invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith [“So what!”] in which performed poetry is judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Poets have a few minutes to present their original work. The judges will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating such qualities as performance, content, and originality. The high and low scores of each performance are tossed, and the middle three are added giving the performer their score. Points are deducted for violating the time limit. We beseech the judges to remain unswayed by the audience—audience, try to sway the judges—and score each poet by the same set of criteria, ignoring whatever boisterous reaction your judgment elicits. Audience: Let the judges know how you feel about the job that they are doing, but be respectful in your exuberance; there could be no show without them.

What is Poetry Slam Inc.?

What is Women of the World Poetry Slam?

How can a poet compete?

Please note the dates of registration.

WOMEN OF THE WORLD POETRY SLAM

Women of the World Poetry Slam is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where poets will perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts. Taking place March 15th – 18th, the top poets will go on to finals to compete for the title of, The 2017 Women of the World Champion!

What are the rules?

Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.

The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

Preliminary Bouts: Thursday & Friday – The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet. Competing poets should be familiar with the Preliminary Bout format.

THURSDAY: 4 & 1 minute poems

First Round: poets read a four minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a one minute poem.

FRIDAY: 2 & 3 minute poems

First Round: poets read a two minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a three minute poem.

The top twelve poets of all bouts advance to the finals.

SATURDAY: Final Stage

The thirteenth ranked poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three minute poems and no poems may be repeats from earlier in the tournament.

First Round: Twelve poets read, top seven move to the second round.

Second Round: Seven poets read, top ranked four of to final round.

Final Round: Four poets read and the poet with the highest score is crowned the Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion. If there is a tie between the top two poets, they read one more poem in a sudden death match. Judges indicate which poet they prefer and the champion is crowned.

Still have questions? Check it: Poetry Slam Inc. WOWPS FAQ

How Can a Poet Compete at WOWPS?

Poets from around the world want to compete in Dallas for Women of the World Poetry Slam. In order to compete in any of the three Poetry Slam Inc. events, all poets must have a current PSI membership.

Poets can compete at Women of the World Poetry Slam by:

Attending a Poetry Slam Inc. Poetry Slam Inc. certified or registered venue in their area, slam often and win the WOWPS qualifier to represent that venue at WOWPS. Every venue has their own format, so attend a slam and ask about them.
Register as a storm poet. Anyone can represent themselves and their area by competing as a storm poet. The list for storm poets is limited, so register early.

Competition at WOWps is limited to poets who live their lives as women. Qualified poets include female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ years of age, including gender non-conforming individuals.

Please note the dates of registration and rules.