Seattle Poetry Slam Presents The Season Opener And Featured Poet Nikkita Oliver

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Seattle Poetry Slam Presents The Season Opener And Featured Poet Nikkita Oliver says
Join us for a very special, Open Slam Season Opener
Open Mic
and featured poet NIKKITA "KO" OLIVER!

About the Slam

3 rounds
Elimination after rounds 1 and 2
8-5-3
First place is awarded 3 points towards Semi-Finals
Second place is awarded 2 points towards Semi-Finals
Third place is awarded 1 points towards Semi-FInals

About the featured poet:

Nikkita "KO" Oliver just graduated from law school with awards, passed the bar, works with #BlackLivesMatter in Seattle, is a Creative Justice teacher and trains to kick some butt in the boxing ring. So, she really doesn't have time to write this bio.

Nikkita Oliver is poet, teaching artist, community organizer, and activist, a Juris Doctorate and working toward a Masters of Education (March 2016). She has competed in multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions and coached the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam team to 7th of 72 teams at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA. In 2015, she coached the Seattle Poetry Slam team to group piece finals. She was also a member of both teams. She has performed in venues in New York City, Seattle, Boston, Oakland, Olympia and Everett where she opened for Dr. Cornell West. Nikkita’s idea worth spreading brings to light the power of art to make change. It has been said, “In any war the first thing you do is kill off the poets and the philosophers…” Why?, she asks. Because these are the inspirers, the preservers of culture and record, the communal conscious, the deep thinkers and movement starters, the light bearers, and whistleblowers. When we investigate the history of social change movements, we often find artists, poets and philosophers at the forefront. Art has the power to open hearts and minds in unsuspecting and powerful ways to create the necessary internal and external climate needed for individual and systemic social change.
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