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The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up!

My thanks go out to all the poets, more than 30! who read at the Pile-Up tonight. All of you braved a pretty serious ice storm to make it... some just an hour, others up to 12 to drive out and share your poems. It was beautiful so, again, thank you!

Final Results

1st: Michael Guinn
2nd: Chris August
3rd: Panama Soweto
4th: Original Woman
5th: Sierra DeMulder
6th: Rodzilla
7th: Cynthia French
8th: The Klute
9th: Wonder Dave
10th: Bear Wolf

Midland Lutheran College Presents!
The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up

WHEN: Saturday, December 1st, 2007

WHERE: Kimmel Theatre, Midland Lutheran College Campus, 900 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025

WHAT: The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up is an individual poetry slam featuring some of the nation's best talent

HOW: The slam will hold three preliminary rounds of ten poets in each round; each poet will read two poems, 3-minutes maximum, Poetry Slam, Inc.'s National Poetry Slam rules apply for poems (i.e. your original work, no props, costumes, etc.). The rounds will be held at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 o'clock respectively. The final round will feature the top 3 poets from each preliminary round + the top scoring 4th place finisher. The final round commences at 8:00 o'clock and will be 3 rounds.

PRIZE MONEY: First Place will receive $700. Second Place will receive $200. Third place will receive $100. Sid Dillon, Jr., graciously donated prize money for the slam, and we at Midland Lutheran College extend our sincere thanks to him. Also, the Omaha Poetry Slam is donating prizes of $50 for 4th and 5th places each.

WHO IS INVITED: All are invited! This event is open to the public. Audience participation is encouraged in assisting our judges in scoring each round. You can attend any round and come and go as you please.

COST: There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES: Thirty poets will perform in the slam. Poets interested in registering to participate need to contact Matt Mason at Please note: more than 30 poets have already registered but there IS a waiting list! Registration is free.

YOUR HOSTS: Matt Mason, nationally recognized poetry slam virtuoso and author of Things You Don't Know You Don't Know (Winner of the 2007 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry) and Henry Krusiewicz, poet, Midland Lutheran teacher extraordinaire, and the man who got this whole thing rolling. Also on the event crew are Marissa Gill, Beth Gillespie, Holly Kiefer, and Zedeka Poindexter.

OTHER EVENTS: Watch for an event to be named the night before (Friday the 30th) in Omaha or Fremont as well as events the day of the slam at The Blue Bottle in downtown Fremont (508 N. Main-phone #, 402/941-BLUE.)



Tryst, the Assassin; Lincoln, NE
Annie Christain; Vermillion, SD
Lynda Letona; Vermillion, SD
Sara Lihz; Omaha, NE
Demetrius Brock; TX
Deirdre Evans; Omaha, NE
Rodzilla; Denver, CO
The Klute; Phoenix, AZ
Kat McCoy; Phoenix, AZ
Sierra DeMulder; St. Paul, MN


Wonder Dave; Minneapolis, MN
Original Woman; Denver, CO
Johnny Tornado; Lincoln, NE
Beth Gillespie; Lincoln, NE
David Hufford; Omaha, NE
Cynthia French; Minneapolis, MN
Kristina Patrice; TX
Casey Degnan; Minneapolis, MN
Bear Wolf; Chicago, IL
Chris McConnell; Lincoln, NE


Chris August; Baltimore, MD
Mandy Harris; Omaha, NE
Sam Stecher; Kearney, NE
Amy David; Chicago, IL
Michael Guinn; Fort Worth, TX
Steven Evans; Omaha, NE
Panama Soweto; Denver, CO
Ron Horner; Omaha, NE/Fargo, ND
6 is 9; Saint Paul, MN
Mandy Harris; Omaha, NE

*=Note: the reading order in each bout will be drawn before the bout, the order listed is not the reading order.

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Last update: December 2, 2007