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The Anthology Fanzine: Christian Drake featured Thursday March 19, 2009 March 19, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
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Anthology Mesa Slam @ Queen’s Pizza


Christian Drake is the 2008 Berkeley Grand Slam Champion and a four-time National Poetry Slam semifinalist. He has been selected twice to feature on the National Poetry Slam finals stage, and his work has been covered around the United States and Europe by such luminaries as Andrea Gibson and Gayle Danley.

A former urban forester, planetarium guide, and aquarium naturalist, he’s the world’s only “eco-billy” poet: a little bit environmentalism, a little bit rock and roll. Christian is well-known on the West Coast as the co-host of the venerable Berkeley Slam and the infamous Tourette’s Without Regrets show, where he mixes blood & guts humor and political battle cries with contemplative, spiritual imagery. This is nature poetry filtered through a guitar amp.

In the tradition of Arizona performance poetry, Anthology, the state’s longest running performance poetry nonprofit presents the next great Mesa poetry tradition. Poetry Slam is a competition, where poets perform their work to be judged by the audience based on the presentation and content. The Anthology Poetry Slam has three rounds, and in each round the poets perform in random order, with a 3 minute time limit for each performance.

It’s a no holds barred verbal duel that brings out the best in each writer and performer.

  • This show happens Each and Every Thursday.
  • All shows start at 8PM.
  • Suggested Donation is $5.
  • Cash Prize awarded for first place.

 This show also features:

  • The Pad- Pass around a pad for a free-writing excercise for the audience during the show. Some lucky audience person gets to read it at the end.
  • The 60 second Haiku Death Match. A complete best of 5 Haiku slam all done in less than 60 seconds. Between the second and third rounds.


Queen’s Pizza

125 W Main

Mesa, AZ

(480) 964-1609


Anthology Mesa Slam


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