Should you like to take her up on that offer, go to Spruill's this Friday. Imani and Shante will be joined on the St. Louis team by Michael O'Brian, who performed with the last local team to go to the slam nationals in 1993, and Karim Hameed, a 15-year-old whose bio states that he "has been writing poetry seriously for six months" (which is a long time, I guess, when you are 15). Kevin McCameron of Intermission Magazine is the slam master who will situate our local talent in the field of traveling poets from the SlamAmerica tour. Those road/word warriors, organized by Gary Mex Glazner, will hit town as one stop on a 32-city tour that will wind up in Providence for the National Poetry Slam.
If you are otherwise engaged this Friday and can't make it to Rhode Island in August, look for the book Poetry Slam! The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, available, along with plenty of other stuff, at www.poetryslam.com. Web-connected slam fans should also bookmark www.freshpoetry.com.
The SlamAmerica tour stops at 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Spruill's, 2625 Stoddard Ave. CallIntermission at 314-535-7370, ext. 2, or Spruill's at 314-533-8050.