Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Five U-M students heading to national poetry slam competition

Five members of the U-M Poetry Slam team will participate at the ACUI College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) on April 18-19 at the University of La Verne in Los Angeles.

To qualify for this opportunity, students competed in a Grand Slam Poetry event in January. Poetry Slam, hosted by the University Unions' Center for Campus Involvement, allows students to practice, collaborate and perform their own spoken word material during biweekly performances at the University Club in the Michigan Union.

Through open mic sessions, coaching from professional poetry slam performers and club meetings, students fine tune their craft and develop their voice. It is a unique opportunity for students to tell personal and diverse stories and reflections.

For the Grand Slam qualifier, students had three minutes in which to present their best work to the audience. The top performers selected were Aisha Naseem, Supreet Grewal, Alex Pan, Jim Dulin, and Ryan Krasnoo.

University Unions hosted the first national CUPSI tournament in 2001, when six teams from seven universities competed. The CUPSI tournament returned to U-M in 2011, drawing 35 competitive poetry slam teams from across the country.