And that is (almost) a wrap. On Saturday, we had our very last slam of the season before the Championships, and now, it is immensely clear that the TYPS knows how to bring down a coffee house!

This month, we were joined by the lovely Amy Juan, our feature who came to us from Sells, Arizona. During the workshop, Amy performed a beautiful traditional Tohono O’odham song, and got us writing about the music that is important to us. In her feature, she shared poems about growing up on a reservation near the border of Mexico that left us breathless.

In the slam itself, we had 16 poets, which included four first-timers! The final round came down to only two poets, in a showdown that brought tons of energy. DJ Jira Sol came back to share even more awesome tunes between performances, and our friend and supporter Leon De la Rosa was able to share two poems with us in “farewell”, as he prepares to return back home to Mexico.

We had an absolutely amazing season, and it would not have been possible without Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, who have stayed open late for us since the very beginning. We must also thank those who have volunteered to be timekeeper, scorekeeper, and videographer at each slam (a special shout out to Samantha Keeter, who has been timekeeper for us at every slam since January!). And of course, we must thank YOU, our audience, our supporters, who make TYPS possible!

Congratulations to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

  1. Eva S.
  2. Jose M.

First-timer’s slam:

  1. Jhenitza R.

 

REMINDER: This Saturday, April 26, is our Fourth Annual Championships! It is an afternoon you do NOT want to miss, with 15 young poets signed up to participate, and our feature, Yosmiar Reyes, who is coming to us all the way from California! This all goes down at 1:30 at the Gallagher Theatre at the University of Arizona (1303 E University Blvd.), and you NEED to get there early. It’s going to be packed!

Check out this video from our feature!