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We are a 5-person team (+ coach) that will be representing Chicago in Oakland, CA at the 2014 National Poetry Slam!
Chicago, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member


We are the top competitors in the 2014 season of the Words That Kill Slam hosted by the Lethal Poetry Collective! We are traveling to Oakland, CA in August to represent Chicago in the National Poetry Slam! 

The Lethal Poetry Slam Team includes Eric Sirota, Blythe Baird, Nate Olison, Torrey Shineman, Bryant Cross, & Mojdeh Stoakley (coach)!

Our team is extremely unique.  Between a recent high school grad, a lawyer-by-day-rapper-by-night, two young college professors, musician-poets, and two youth educators, we are diversely derivative of 3 continents and a multitude of cultures.  

We have 3 members traveling a minimum of 3 hrs a week each way just to write, critique, collaborate, and practice together!  The cost of travel just to maintain our togetherness and collaboration has been mounting alone!  We also have one of the youngest team members in the history of the National Poetry Slam, she turns 18 on the FIRST DAY of competition. If her birthday was one day later, she couldn't participate at all.

What We Need & What You Get

Competing on a national level adds up...

  • The registration was $500, hotel will cost $1500, and $300-550 for ea of our airfare, plus cost of food and public transportation while we're there.
  • The team is filled with interdiciplinary fine artist and educators! We are excited to offer you published poetry, custom poetry, audible poetry, visual art, handmade goods, and creative services!
  • If we don't reach our entire goal, we may have to sell our organs for plane tickets... we each have two kidneys... if we must... we must... but... help us keep not do that! 

The Impact

This trip is not the first national level competition for all members, but for some it is.  These competitions don't create careers on their own but they play a big roll in how many of us maintain our rolls as educators & continue to develop our craft:

  • Nate & Mojdeh are both non-traditional educators working in underserved communities! Their programs are wildly underfunded, but competing nationally reminds folks that these are poets that have professional skills that youth could wholly benefit from!
  • Torrey & Bryant are both young college professors!
  • Two of us represented Chicago at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2013, Eric (Mental Graffiti rep) & Mojdeh (LP rep)
  • Blythe is just a beast! 17 years of beast! But she turns 18 the first day of festival so we get to celebrate her fierceness in competition!

Risks & Challenges

Our biggest difficulties are that since we don't all live in Chicago we have to prioritize team practice in our together-time instead of also using that time for a substantial number of team features and other fundraising performances! So we're really relying on folks to get excited about this digital campaign to raise funds!  And not all members of the team can participate in all venues that could/would have us anyhow because of age, etc.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't help with a monetary donation you can still support us by...

  • Sharing this link!
  • Coming to the fundraiser shows and bringing friends!
  • Asking a small business owner if they'd like to sponsor us
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  • $5USD
    MERCURY donation

    a mini twitter haiku written by the team member of your choice, just for you!

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  • $10USD
    VENUS donation

    previous "planet perk" + a lethal poetry memorabilia photo, signed by the whole team.

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  • $20USD
    EARTH donation

    previous "planet perks"+ a signed Lethal Poetry 2014 team chapbook

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  • $30USD
    MARS donation

    previous "planet perks"+ limited edition Lethal Poetry 2014 Team CD and/or downloadable audio file

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  • $45USD
    SATURN donation

    all previous "planet perks"+ special, limited edition set of 6 illustrated art & poetry coasters made by hand by the coach herself. Each coaster will represent a member of the team! These can be used functionally but are commonly framed and displayed as a collection. Your choice!

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  • $50USD
    JUPITER donation

    previous "planet perks"+ customized poem and dedication from team member of your choice

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  • $50USD
    CONSTILATIONS of hip hop

    previous "planet perks"+ One of the emcees on the team will write 16 bars about the topic of your choice! JUST FOR YOU HOMIE!

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  • $75USD
    URANUS donation

    previous "planet perks"+ a custom poem from each of us, on a topic of your choosing! that's 6 poems! Nice!

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  • $75USD
    SEXY SPACE CADET poem-gram

    In homage to the SexySaxManSaxagrams, we'll roll up on any location crank a boombox playing George Michael's "Careless Whispers" saxaphone loop on endless repeat while performing poem-agram for the people or location of your choice! Or request for Mojdeh (only blk female William Shatner impersonator) to perform reenactment of infamous "Rocket Man" while in a NASA jumpsuit! chicagoland, only - also must be legal & safe

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  • $85USD

    previous "planet perks"+ Amazing one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry by team member Torrey Shineman!

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  • $100USD
    NEPTUNE donation

    previous "planet perks"+ house show 1 hour radius from Chicago

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  • $125USD
    SHOOTING STARS perf+wkshp

    previous "planet perks"+ 1hr radius performance and for ONLY 25 more dollars, if you happen to request either of the teaching artists (Mojdeh or Nate) we'll host a workshop in your crib! #SayWhat! #Yes!

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  • $150USD

    all previous "planet perks"+ single camera, single shot HD video with opening & closing graphics of a live performance, interview, on location, or in studio. Up to 10min. Sponsored by LuxCamena Photography! Chicago only, unless buyer is willing to cover travel costs.

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  • $300USD
    PLUTO donation

    previous "planet perks"+ (except 1 hr radius house show) + house show 3 hour radius from Chicago

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  • $300USD
    MAN ON MOON, face time

    all previous "planet perks"+ portrait session (ie. headshots, band, couple, baby, etc) sponsored by LuxCamena Photography! This is a steal, normal portrait rates start at $365! See luxcamena.com or http://facebook.com/luxcamena for portfolios Photography is sponsored but booking a make up artist may only be discounted. Chicagoland only unless donator is willing to cover travel costs.

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  • $325USD
    CRASH LANDINGS perf+wkshp

    previous "planet perks"+ 3hr radius performance and for ONLY 25 more dollars, if you happen to request either of the teaching artists (Mojdeh or Nate) we'll host a workshop in your crib! #SayWhat! #Yes!

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  • $500USD
    MILKY WAY donation

    all previous "planet perks"+ BONUS for companies/small businesses: we will put your logo on all of our social media and products! You'll get facebooked, we will tweet-tweet about your brand and then put you in our tumblr cycles too! If you're not a brand, we'll still pimp you all over our social media!

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  • $1,000USD
    GALAXY CLASS donation

    all previous "planet perks"+ plus a professional PHOTO VOUCHER from our sponsors at LuxCamena Photography for services up to double the cash value (ie. wedding, headshots, family photos, corporate portraits, maternity portraits, product photos, gift vouchers to give to friends for christmas so you can be a lazy bastard and not go shopping at all!) see luxcamena.com and http://facebook.com/luxcamena Services limited to Chicagoland unless donator wishes to cover travel expenses.

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  • $1,000USD
    THE UNIVERSE is ur oyster

    all previous "planet perks"+ our eternal gratitude and anything you want, within reason!

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