The featured poet at the 2006 Slab City Slam was Christa Bell.
To explain further, we will need the words of the poet herself:
"FonkGoddess is alive and Coochie Magic is afoot through the revivalist poetry of internationally acclaimed poet, SpokenWord artist and cultural activist Christa Bell of Seattle, Washington. Her conundrum: How to make the Goddess fonky. How to make the resurrection of women’s spiritual consciousness sexy while maintaining its urgency and emphasizing its relevance to popular culture. The solution: Sanctifying women’s experience on the altar of the stage. Taking responsibility for her conceptual reality out of the hands of men through performance ritual, emphasizing the Word, that reconnects woman to her primal identity as sexual mystic, conjurer, healing artist, and divine visionary."
Christa received her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, has studied in France and lived in East Africa. She is currently the third ranked Performance Poet in the United States and, having lost the competition to a time penalty, after receiving the highest score in the individual event. Christa is Seattle’s 2005 Grand Slam Poetry Champion and the Northwest’s 2005 representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Competition (IWPS).
As founder of the Healing Is A Political Act (HIAPA) Creative Recovery Workshop Series, Christa is concerned with more than the technical aspects of writing and performing. She believes that expressing individual creativity is a form of power. A way to actively engage and transform our spiritual, emotional, social and political realities. Her workshops hold as their emphasis the healing of ancestral, emotional, and spiritual scars as a path to higher creativity.
She is the author of three collections of poetry, Revival (2004), Arise My Beautiful One, Come With Me (2005), and YoniVerse (to be released 2006), the producer of a live Spoken Word EP entitled, WordMedicine, 2006, and is currently recording a full length live LP of her first SpokenWord tour also entitled YoniVerse: Live.
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