Buddy Wakefield

Sat, May 10, 2014 at 7pm

  • All Ages
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Slam Poet Buddy Wakefield stops in Bend on May 10th for his 2014/15 "Riled Up and Wasted on Light" World Tour.

Buddy Wakefield is an American performance poet/slam poet. He is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion whose latest works have been released by Righteous Babe Records and Write Bloody Publishing.
In 2004 and again in 2005, Buddy won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship title, becoming the first poet to win the title two consecutive years. Wakefield has been a member of several poetry slam teams, including Team Seattle in 2006 and 2007. When asked about his thoughts on the "Poetry Slam" and "Slam Poetry," Wakefield responded:
“Poetry Slam” is an effective gimmick to get folks excited about poetry. It’s the competitive art of spoken word. It’s a competition, judged and so on. It’s accessible to everyone, and a great starting point for many... It’s an event available to every voice, no exclusions. “Slam poetry” is a term that seems to have evolved into a generalization, given to a style of delivery culminating in rapid, rhythmic, cathartic voice and presence... Poetry Slam is an event. Slam poetry does not exist (not outside of its practical role of being any given poem entered into a Poetry Slam). I’ve been watching at close range since 1998. The styles of the poems entered into Poetry Slams are clearly infinite in scope.