Shannon Shoemaker

Nitty Gritty Slam #19 is in the books and what a great night of poetry and spoken word it was. This was a night of new beginnings and big announcements as we introduced Team Nitty Gritty to the world.

We also debuted some new graphics, a new NGS website, and even a new Slam Master.

Our Slam Coach / Open Mic host Mojavi kicked off the evening with the open mic that featured some poetry by Thom Francis, Emily Gonzalez, Laura B., Julie Lomoe, and Carolee Sherwood.

We then introduced Team Nitty Gritty which consists of top points leaders Shannon Shoemaker, Elizag, Kevin Peterson, and Poetic Visionz. These are the poets who will be representing Albany for the first time at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte in August.

For the slam we had six poets step up on stage and battle it out. Here is how the event went down:

Round One:
Luis Pabon – 21.3
Elizag – 29.1
ILLiptical – 25.5
Carlos Garcia – 26.2
Kevin Peterson – 28.4
Shannon Shoemaker – 26.1

Round Two:
Shannon Shoemaker – 26.9 (Combined 53.0)
Kevin Peterson – 24.1 (Combined 52.5)
Carlos Garcia – 25.2 (Combined 51.4)
Elizag – 28.6 (Combined 57.7)

Round Three:
Elizag – 26.4
Shannon Shoemaker – 27.5

Join us when we will be back on the 19th of June for NGS #20 at Valentine’s and we will be looking for our alternates. According to Mojavi this will be “blood sport”.

I can’t wait.

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Be sure to check the Nitty Gritty Slam website in the coming days as we will be posting more information on the points system and Team Nitty Gritty.