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March 26, 2007
CONTACT: Leigh Soltis
lsoltis@emich.edu 734.487.4400

EMU hosts national collegiate poetry slam competition

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University will be slammed with poets this spring as it hosts the Seventh Annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) April 5-7. More than 20 teams from across the U.S. are scheduled to attend.

“We are thrilled to continue the National Collegiate Poetry Slam tradition this year here at the new EMU Student Center,” said Glenna Frank Miller, executive director of leadership and involvement. “We’d like to welcome the national teams to EMU, encourage our local poetry slam fans to watch the competition and wish our EMU slammers well in this seventh national competition.”

CUPSI is a tournament-style, interactive competition where the audience judges who is the best. Participants must perform an original work without the use of props, costumes or music. They may perform individually or in a group of two to four team members.

Shihan the Poet, of Def Poetry Jam fame and the National Poetry Slam Champion of 2004, will be featured at the final round of the competition.

The Poetry Society of EMU, a student organization, has attended the event every year since its inception in 2001. They placed fifth at the first CUPSI at the University of Michigan, and third at University of California-Berkley in 2004. This year, they will compete against teams from the University of Michigan, University of California-Berkley, University of California-Davis, SUNY- Oneonta, the University of New Mexico and others.

 “I am very excited that EMU is hosting the CUPSI this year. The Poetry Society has been dreaming about this for years,” said Rayona L. Young, CUPSI student coordinator and event host.

The competition begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and continues through the final round, Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m.  The competition for Friday, April 6, is at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  All events are at the new EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St.

Admission for the final round is $10; all other rounds are free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Anyone interested in judging the competition should contact Rayona Young at 734.487-2377, or via e-mail at ryoung9@emich.edu

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