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Steel City Slam featuring Kent State CUPSI Team

March 21, 2017 @ 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm

Cash prize slam!

$25 for 1st
$10 Gift Certificate to Capri Pizzeria for 2nd
Hearty applause for 3rd

All you need to compete are three, 3-min poems. Not interested in competing? You can also come read on the open mic, judge the slam, or just watch the poetry!

Signup at 7:45, show starts at 8:15
$5, All Ages Venue, All Ages (including Adult) Content
Slam list caps at 8 poets, open mic at 6

Are you a youth poet? Come before the show! Our sister group Young Steel has a youth focused workshop from 6-7:30 before the slam every week!

This week only, featuring the members of the Kent State CUPSI team, competing this year at College nationals.

Alina Howard
Kahzar Powell
Elijah Austin
Ephraim Nehemiah

Born December 17th 1997 Alina Howard has always known that creative expression was her interest. She is a graduate from Warren G. Harding High School and is pursuing her degree from Kent State University. She has been an aspiring poet since 2011 when first began writing poetry. She was a member of Rustbelt Poetry Slam team from 2014 – 2016 and creates works of art through poetry and photography. She believes that any story you have should be shared through “any means necessary” just as the great Malcolm X once said. Creativity just so happens to be her means.

Kahzar Powell is a senior at Kent State University who majors in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Writing, Pan-African Studies, and Psychology. She aspires to be an artist who utilizes art as a form of expression, story-telling, raising awareness and spreading happiness and healing. She began writing poetry when she got to college and had her first performance her sophomore year. Since then she has competed in many events including the slam at her University where she became a member of the team and traveled to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. She writes about issues involving race, sex, gender, class, mental health and love with the hope that one day her writing can save the world!

Elijah Austin is from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently attending Kent State University majoring in integrated social studies. Ever since he were young he had never seen himself as a social person. He was often outcast in school and even grew to hate it. Until two teachers he met in high school encouraged him to join student council, which helped him overcome many social obstacles that had formally stood in his way. Through student council Elijah was introduced to poetry, something he credits to saving his life on a daily basis. He found some success, winning a series of slams that qualified him to travel to Washington D.C. for the national youth poetry slam called Brave New Voices. Elijah’s goal in life is to day found his own school that focuses on inner city children who are often subject to meager education, and give them the tools to flourish in a society not built for them to succeed. He uses poetry as a platform and tool to promote healing.

Ephraim Nehemiah is a performance poet, educator and father. He is currently a student of Kent State University completing his bachelor’s degree in Pan-African Studies and finishing his first full length poetry book to be published by Writing Knights Press. His
accomplishments include co-founding a poetry slam in Kent, Ohio that has competed nationally, opening for Saul Williams during his 2015 World Tour, and ranking 7th representing Northeast Ohio at the National Poetry Slam. . His work has been published both online and in several anthologies. He has been featured on BlackPoetsSpeakOut, Write About Now and Slamfind, and also has had his work published in several journals and anthologies. He is continuing a long tradition of using art to resist, change and inspire.


March 21, 2017
7:45 pm - 11:00 pm


Steel City Slam
Young Steel


Capri Pizzeria and Bar
6001 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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(412) 363-1250