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          Poets slam at UPB Poetry Jam

          Adam Spektor

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Focus
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          Poetry jams (or poetry slams as they are often referred to) have been in existence since the mid-1980s, and a UPB-hosted event at the Rough Rider Room on Thursday, Feb. 25 proved that they're still ubiquitous and thriving into the 2010s. Undergraduate students such as senior English major Jon Stone (pictured above) showed up to display their verbal and poetic skills in the open slam format.

          The evening's main event, however, was Shihan the Poet, a renowned slam poet who has had the distinction of appearing in the Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam International Tour. Shihan has also appeared on NBC, Nike Battlegrounds, and CNN, as well as Complex and Billboard magazines. The event saw a small turnout, which may have stifled exposure for Shihan but certainly gave the event a relaxed, casual, coffeehouse atmosphere. From the Green Mill Scots Club in Chicago to college campuses across the nation, poetry slams are likely to live on well into the new decade.
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