Vancouver poetry house presents feature poet, Siaara Freeman.
Siaara Freeman was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. She’s very proud of this even when others assume she’d feel otherwise. She began writing at 7 years old and actively slamming at 15 for the National Brave New Voices Competition until she was 19. She then entered the adult scene slamming for both Columbus and Cleveland Ohio. Siaara’s poems offers an actual face to the urban experience instead of a caricature. Siaara insists that you see the people she sees, the stories she knows, whether you find them respectable or not. She has traveled the country and she does not make fans she makes friends.
She met Maya Angelo and has a selfie for proof. She has been grandslam champ in both city’s she slammed for. She’s never done an individual competetion, but she’d like to. Her team made it to final stage their first year at BNV in 2008, which was pretty lit. Enough about slam doe:
“Siaara is attempting to grow her afro so tall, God mistakes it for a microphone and decides to speak into her”.
The 8 poets competing tonight will be
(in no particular order)
There will be two 3 minute rounds and all poets will compete in BOTH rounds.
As always, there will be an open mic and two-round poetry slam, (3 min) where poets accumulate points to qualify for the Van Slam team.
Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly place and a hate speech free zone. Help us with that. We also acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded First Nations Territory.
Also, be kind to our VOLUNTEER door staff. They have to follow BC Liquor Board Rules and once we are sold out we can’t let anyone in unless someone leaves. You cannot save seats for people in line. Let them know if you are leaving. Also no ATM at the door, it’s cash ONLY.
Get there early if you want a seat or want to slam. Before 7pm