Unwinding and unloading after the National Poetry Slam 2015

Review our first experience at the National Poetry Slam with Maxine Peseke’s insight and reflection.

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A few things can be said about the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California. Namely, the host hotel was something out of a horror movie; and we had one of the better rooms. I hear tale of a mass exodus of poets on the second day, but many lingered after hours around the “rooftop pool” (it was on the second floor patio area, and was empty, save for a very small mouse), which made for lovely and unexpected socializing with poets from all over. And, okay, I’ve lived in worse places, so I survived a week at the Jack London Inn (not to be confused with the Inn at Jack London; I hear that one was the better hotel!)… with the help of poet friends and alcohol.

I’m kidding, of course! Mostly.
(All I’ll say here is that there’s a fun poem about hockey to be written, once I…

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Welcome Dominique Christina and her Latest Publication “They Are All Me”

Dominique Christina

DC Bio PicDominique Christina is a mother, an educator and an agitator born and raised in Denver, Colorado 40 years ago. She holds two Masters degrees in English Literature and Education respectively. A licensed educator, Dominique taught in the Denver and Aurora Public school systems in Colorado for ten years, directed college prep programs and taught in an adjunct capacity at Community College of Aurora and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She believes that words make worlds. In the slam world (competitive poetry) Dominique began in 2011. That same year she won the National Poetry Slam Championship. In 2012 she won the Women of the World Slam Championship. She won it again in 2014. She’s the only person to win that honor twice.

She is a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute fellow. Her work has appeared on TV One’s season 3 Verses and Flow show. She has performed with Cornel West and was an invited guest to Washington DC to read her poem “Emmett Till” for the Till family and the parents of Trayvon Martin, a young man who was killed in Sanford, Florida. Her first book of poetry, The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm, was published by Penmanship Books 2014. Her second book, a collection of poetry, essays, and writing prompts, is set for publication in October 2015 by Sounds True Publishing. Her work also appears in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines and has been featured in Huffington Post and Upworthy several times.

Dominique’s family was critical in the civil rights movement. Her aunt Carlotta Walls-Lanier was one of nine students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas. Her grandfather was a shortstop, Hall of Fame baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues before baseball was integrated. When he left, Jackie Robinson, who would later go on to integrate baseball, took his place. Dominique’s mother, Professor Jackie Benton, is named for Jackie Robinson. She is mother to four wildly expressive children who never use inside voices…ever. But they are the raw material of possible and give her plenty of reasons to praise.