Cardinal Sins hosts first offcampus slam
September 14, 2009 —
Writers performed poetry pieces as the audience sipped espresso at the Cardinal Sins’ annual poetry slam Saturday night at the Magic Bean Cafe.
“People who performed were great, and we had a good audience,” said Amelia Glebocki, a creative writing junior. This is Glebocki’s first year as the publication’s editor-in-chief.
Performer Josh Crummer agreed.
“It was really hard to follow in the shadow of everyone here,” Crummer said. “Even the judges who performed last year, and Seth Patrick, who actually won first place last year. They’re all really great, and I look up to them a lot.”
Judges awarded Crummer the first place title, which included $50 and guaranteed publication in the Winter 2010 issue of Cardinal Sins for his poem “Easter Sunday.”
“Honestly, I never really expected to win anything,” he said. “I just gave it my best shot. The worst that could’ve happened is that I’d walk away the same person that I was.”
Social work junior Seth Patrick grabbed second place and $30. Patrick came late from work and did not plan on performing. Even with nothing prepared, Patrick said he was glad to freestyle some poetry for a chance at some extra cash.
English and theatre education freshman Katrina Robinson recited her untitled poem, which got her third place and $20.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Robinson said. “I hope next time more people come.”
Approximately 35 people arrived in time to catch the open-mic portion of the event, in comparison to past years where the event attracted more than 100 people.
This marked the first time the slam emanated from an off-campus location, a factor Crummer and Glebocki suggested likely resulted in the low turnout.
“I was hoping it would give students a creative outlet off campus,” Glebocki said.
Glebocki said she would like to get more people to come in the future, but may have to consider moving the event back to campus.