“It’s free. It’s fun. It’s not in Cambridge. We cater to a different community.”
So says Janae Johnson, co-founder and slam master of the House Slam, housed at the Haley House Bakery Café in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square.
As they come upon the anniversary of just a single year of existence, the House Slam is celebrating an enormous accomplishment: They’re sending a team of five poets, including Johnson, to compete at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California. NPS is the world’s largest congregation of performance poetry, with teams hailing from all over North America and Europe. Hosted in a different city each year, NPS is the premiere event for slam artists and enthusiasts to showcase their work, network with an international crowd and contribute to the growing movement.