Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Send Momma To The Slam

The Eye On Life Poetry Travel Fund
We intend to use the Eye On Life Poetry Travel Fund to help bring poets from different backgrounds together. In 2010, the mission of the Fund is to expose emerging written word poets to spoken word poetry at a major spoken word event. To accomplish this mission we intend to send, with your support, four women to the Women Of The World Poetry Slam in Columbus, Ohio, March 10th through 13th, 2010. The four women have been chosen. We are raising funds now to make the trip a reality.

By definition, a slam is an event in which poets compete and in which their work is judged by members of the audience. Click the link below for an excellent example, 2 Minutes, performed by Slam Charlotte:

Watch “2 Minutes”
2 Minutes is truly performance poetry, at the opposite end of the spectrum from poetry that is meant to be read in silence from the page. Both written word and spoken word poets will benefit from exposure to the other.

Choosing the Poets

In my role as Poetry Editor for Eye on Life Online Magazine I have had the pleasure of reading and publishing poetry. Some of the talented poets I have corresponded with have fallen into a particular demographic – female, poets who do not currently read their work in public, between 25 and 45 years old, with small children to care for. We have chosen four of these women to send to the Women Of The World Poetry Slam in March.

If you would like to help us “Send Momma To The Slam”, please go to and click the "Donate" button on the left side of the page, or send a check to:

Eye On Life Poetry Travel Fund
c/o Tom Rubenoff
PO Box 35457
Brighton, MA 02135

Make checks payable to EOL Poetry Travel c/o Tom Rubenoff

Thank you.
Tom Rubenoff
Senior Poetry Editor
Eye on Life Magazine

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