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Team SNO members Akeem Martin, Kataalyst Alcindor, and Sha'Condria Sibley celebrate their victory at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte.
Team SNO members Akeem Martin, Kataalyst Alcindor, and Sha'Condria Sibley celebrate their victory at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte.

Teams of performance poets from around the country converged on Charlotte, North Carolina, last month for the 23rd annual National Poetry Slam, and local team Slam New Orleans took away the top prize. Seventy-two teams competed in head-to-head bouts during the five-day event that drew more than 1,000 poets and spectators. Kataalyst Alcindor, who leads Team SNO, said a staunch degree of preparation coupled with a dose of unseriousness made his group stand out. For a team that begins its group writing process by hanging out and cracking jokes until something inspirational pops out, they were confident and determined throughout the competition, “prepared to do battle with people we’d never seen before,” Alcindor said.

Alcindor, Tarriona Ball, Sha’Condria Sibley, and Akeem Martin first formed Slam New Orleans after a night of performances at Sweet Lorraine’s in 2008. Since then, the group has performed in multiple slams for new seasons, and recently added Justin Lamb to the roster. In Charlotte, they performed solo and group pieces that ranged their catalog—some old, some new—on topics as diverse as self-determination, the insecurities of the black man, race, love, the military, and pirates. Alcindor, who grew up in Marrero, said the tight-knit spoken word community in New Orleans provides a vital support system for himself, his team, and other poets, and when Slam New Orleans went to Charlotte, they were excited for the opportunity to represent the city they love.

Slam New Orleans performs at the Shadowbox Theater (2400 Saint Claude Ave., at St. Roch) the first Sunday of each month, and information about theirs and other spoken word performances can be found on the Team SNO Facebook page.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

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by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]