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Father's Day Came & Went, And What's To Come

Father's Day Came & Went, And What's To Come

It's the start of a new week. Father's Day has come and gone. For many of you, it was a joy-filled day, and for many others - painful. I hope and pray that, for most, it was the former. Many of you know my family's story. I haven't exactly kept it a secret over the years. For those of you that don't, TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS helped tell it through this video - I hope it may come as an encouragement to those of you that have experienced similar circumstances. The video is based off of this song that my sister and I co-wrote with To Speak Of Wolves

In other news, we start a new string of dates in Ohio this Sunday. Some of the shows are private events that we participate in yearly, but we've added regional dates that are open to the public in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Those will be posted shortly, so keep an eye out. 

Whether you live in that region or not, if you are interested in seeing a Levi The Poet show, and would like to be considered for our booking contact list, please feel free to sign up for show offers in your town, here

I know it's been a slow season. Don't worry, we're not dead, just recharging and getting ready for the best year yet. Can't wait to share it with you. 


Become A Part Of Our Booking Team

Become A Part Of Our Booking Team

Almost daily, we get comments, messages, or emails from fans asking Levi The Poet to "come to our town!" or wondering "why don't you ever make it out here?" More often than not, our answer is: Good question, are you interested in making it happen? 

It's always been my desire to take this art wherever people wanted it, regardless of location, venue, and price. Now, I've got a wife, and nothing seems to get cheaper, so we've had to make adjustments over the years, but that same hope to reach big cities expands to Podunk towns and nowhere venues. In fact, some of those shows have been the best shows. 

In an attempt for us to plan out the rest of this year, and the years to come, and to make sure that we're doing everything within our power to get this project in front of the folks that want to experience it, we're inviting you to become part of our contact list

Our friends Shelby Short and Jonathan Wilson over at The Action Agency are helping us with some booking plans as of late. Don't worry, we won't hassle you, but we will be able to contact you with booking opportunities when we're looking to route a tour through your town. 

Whether it's a concert, poetry slam, writing workshop, university showcase, camp, conference, or your house, here's to expanding the LTP Family for years to come. 


Three New Videos: Live at The Anthem Slam

Three New Videos: Live at The Anthem Slam

Today, I am posting three live videos of my competition pieces for last week's Anthem Poetry Slam: Resentment, Kaleidoscope, and Infirmary

First, a few thoughts: 

These pieces are far too long for a strict slam setting, so before all the real poets that are always on my case about how I don't know anything about competing get all upset... well anyway...

There are plenty of videos of Kaleidoscope and Resentment out there, live or otherwise. But I had so much fun delivering both pieces to an audience completely outside of the world I'm usually a part of that I wanted to share them with you. 

I was surprised at how poorly Kaleidoscope was received. The judges scored low. From all that I've ever come into contact with regarding the slam world, so much of its content revolves around social justice, women's rights, sexual exploitation (or sexuality in general), the oppressed poor and marginalized, etc, so I thought Kaleidoscope would be perfect. Alas, whether it was the performance of it or otherwise, I cut it off before you get the scores because that's what simple edits will do when we want to make everyone online think that we're the kings of everything.

Infirmary is one of my favorite poems, and I've been performing it live for years, but never posted a video of it. I wrote it about my friends at Solace Church in Joplin, Missouri. Any touring artists out there know that they've been a staple venue for solid shows in SW MO for years. I'm thankful to call them family. 

As always, I hope you them, and are loved through them.


Cal Poly's Anthem Poetry Slam

Cal Poly's Anthem Poetry Slam

Two nights ago, I was given the privilege of participating in California Polytechnic State University's eighth annual Anthem Slam in San Luis Obispo, California - something that I feel like was a fairly prestigious opportunity. In previous years, The Anthem has seen performances from George Watsky, "The Mighty" Mike McGee, Prentice Powell, Derrick Brown, Rudy Francisco, and a personal favorite who Dan Smith and Bradley Hathaway introduced me to years ago, Buddy Wakefield. Poets from all over the country have traveled to perform at The Anthem, and it stands as a highly respected event among them. 

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about slamming alongside this year's contestants - Kat Magill, Sam Sax, Terisa Siagatonu and Tatyana Brown - mainly because I don't know the slam world at all. Before the event, while they were all talking about old friendships and/or having followed one another's writing for years, I was wondering how in the world I'd gotten myself into a position of competing against these greats among the poetry community. 

If you don't know anything about slam… good, me neither. There are time limits, content specifications, and rules about how much you can move around. And if you know my poetry, you know none of the pieces fall beneath five minutes, let alone three, and my body's all over the place.

At the end of the night, I was able to connect the dots as to how I ended up on that stage. A kid from Cal Poly (also named Levi) who had been following Levi The Poet content for years tweeted ( I love Twitter) at Anthem when they asked the school for suggestions as to who to bring in this year. There were a couple creatives on the Anthem committee that had heard of me because of their involvement in the hardcore scene, so they tweeted (again, Twitter) me, and voila! Hardcore kid screaming seven minute long "Kaleidoscope" at three hundred academics. 

In all sincerity, though, I don't want to make light of it all. The audience was gracious, kind, full of energy. The other poets were obviously masters of their craft, and they too, were gracious and kind. I am increasingly interested in pursuing collegiate events - honing my craft among those who know far more about the art of poetry than I do - and it was an honor to have been able to participate at Anthem. I'd like to acknowledge and thank the 2014 Student Committee. Perhaps especially, Hannah, Spencer and Harrison. Thank you for allowing me to come, and making me feel welcome. 

Attached is a link to the live recording of last night's event. To my followers who might be surprised at what you will hear from the other artists, please note that slam culture can be graphic. Let's just say I squirmed on behalf of my mom, who drove up for Mother's Day. At the same time, the polarizing collision of world views embodied in The Anthem Slam makes me all the more grateful to have been there. I hope it will not be my last time in SLO. 

VIDEO: 2014 Anthem Poetry Slam