INKSLAM 2015, LA’s premiere poetry festival. After three days of panels, workshops and slams, we highlight for you who hold the crown for Indie slam and The team that now holds the title of WEST COAST CHAMPION of SPOKEN WORD!
Thursday, July 9th was a special presentation of ”Founders Day!,” a night that the founders,
Dante Basco, Poetri Smith, ‘Brutha’ Gimel Hooper and Shihan Clief
shared stories and poems from the start of DPL and how they went from all sleeping in the same house, to starting this “poetry thing”, printing flyers at Kinkos, and talking to people at acting auditions. They built a tribe and a community that stands now as DPL, one of the biggest poetry gatherings in the country that happens here at the Greenway Court Theater in Hollywood, every Tuesday.
Shout out to the 2015 Inkslam Team Champion, San Diego’s Elevated.
After the battle of eight teams, Poets from all over the country, San Diego’s own were the ones who came out on top!
Rudy Francisco, Joe Lime, Saint and Imani Cezanne of Team Elevated are now the 2015 West Coast Champion of Spoken Word. Congratulations!
And Finally the indie slam Winner Crown and prize money goes to Ed Mabrey.
After a tie with Rudy Francisco, the people decided to let the two poets battle it out for one final round.
With a very heartfelt poem from Rudy Francisco, Ed Mabrey followed it up with freestyle that left nobody in the house sitting. Talking about the love and respect he had for every poet in the room and how our grandchildren would talk about this night!
Congratulations to The 2015 Ink Slam Indie Champ – @edmabrey