On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the Nitty Gritty Slam began at Valentine’s in Albany. This was a historic evening as Albany Poets, the Frequency North Reading Series at the College of Saint Rose, and Urban Guerilla Theater combined forces to bring a brand-new poetry slam venue to the Capital Region.

On that night Tammy Lopez won the first slam and that was just the beginning of the long-running open mic/poetry slam series that just one year later sent a team to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina.

To read about the whole night and who read at the open mic and who participated in the slam, check out Dan Wilcox’s blog.