Thoughts on Bottomless Websites (language)

I aim for the footer and “Hiss!” It Vanishes! Who are these misfit Designers extolling Their “Infinite Scrolling?” Let’s get to the bottom of this shit!   Thanks to Yogev Ahuvia for the punchline prompt, and for letting us know we’re not the only ones who are warry of unreachable footers!

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What a Tech Startup can Learn from a Slam Poet

You have three minutes at the podium to impress a panel of so-called “experts.” If they like you, you’re a rock star. If they don’t like you, you’re heading back to your day job. Silicon Valley calls this a “pitch night.” Slam poets call it “our job.” Bicycle Comics is a startup. The Lit Slam […]

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Here’s How to Teach Pentameter in Schools!

Whether it’s sonnets or Shakespeare, iambic pentameter is a key skill in high school English classes. I was an eleventh-grader in Dr. Taylor’s AP English class when we spent an afternoon on iambic pentameter. That afternoon changed my life and my writing: words and sentences had stress patterns! I finally understood why some of my […]

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Protected: Notes on How to be a Professional Poet

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Artie Moffa Reading on the East Coast this April

Artie Moffa, editor of Bicycle Comics, is heading east this April for a few shows. Not a tour, not really, just a few shows. Artie has deep roots in the poetry scene in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and he’s excited to return after two years in California. He’d love to see you! Artie’s Schedule: 1. […]

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Partial List of Active Bay-Area Poetry Shows

Updated August 30, 2013 We’ve made a partial list here for Bay Area poetry. Many local open mics and poetry slams now use Facebook as their primary Web presence. Facebook has a lot of advantages, but there are two drawbacks. First, not everyone is on Facebook (!) and second, Facebook pages don’t normally show up […]

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The 2013 Digital Edition of The Lit Slam!

As the Lit Slam staff shook off a bad case of the Flupocalypse, the question was: What to do about the February show? After all, each of the shows becomes a chapter in Tandem, our year-end poetry anthology. Thus was born our 2013 Digital Edition. The Lit Slam solicited poems from all over the country. […]

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Book Signing and Poetry Reading at Alley Cat Books!

Missed the Lit Slam debut of Tandem? Come see it stepping out and about in public! In daylight, no less! We’re thrilled to announce the bookstore debut of Tandem at Alley Cat Books in the Mission (where else?) on Sunday, January 27th, from 4-6PM. Local poets whose work appears in Tandem will be on hand […]

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Well-Known Poets. Randomly-Chosen Editors. In Tandem.

Tandem is a book born from a crazy idea: what if we took a poetry slam and anthologized it? What if we crafted our anthology in the true spirit of poetry slam, and let the audience at our shows decide which poems they’d like to read over and over again? After a year of Lit […]

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Press Release: Tandem, a Poetry Journal Edited by its Audience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City’s First Crowd-Sourced Poetry Anthology is Distinctly San Francisco. San Francisco is a town famous for its poets. Yet a new poetry anthology hatched in the Mission bills itself as a celebration of San Francisco’s editors. “Tandem is a book that probably could have been written anywhere,” says Tatyana Brown, host of […]

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