Grand Slam

Slam poets face off in Graham Chapel, four advance to nationals

Eleven student poets took the stage. Four—seniors Sam Lai, Ben Tolkin and Chris Nguyen as well as sophomore Andie Berry—left as Washington University’s nominees to advance to the National Slam Poetry Competition in August after winning this year’s Grand Slam.

| Contributing Reporter

Mary Lambert hosts Grand Slam, winners headed to nationals

Sharing stories of angry security guards and cracking jokes about ex-girlfriends, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert hosted WU-SLam’s Grand Slam on Friday in a Graham Chapel filled to capacity. Lambert, a former slam-poet herself, performed several of her songs in conjunction with her own poetry before the start of the competition.

| Staff Reporter

WU-SLam, Pride Alliance to present Grand Slam on Friday

After many long weeks of writing and practicing, 10 performers will take to the stage this Friday in the largest and most competitive poetry slam on campus: The Grand Slam.

Elena Wandzilak | TV Editor

Audio Slideshow: Grand Slam 2011

Judith Ohikuare follows the 10 poets who participated in the 2011 Grand Slam as they prepare for and perform at the event.

Watsky, WU-SLam pack Edison

Host George Watsky performs an original poem Friday night to open the third annual Grand Slam in Edison Theatre. The event, hosted by WU-SLam, packed the 627 seats of the Edison and drew over 1800 live viewers around the world, according to, which hosted an online broadcast of the slam.

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