New Sh!t Slam

Once a month The New Sh!t Show was also The New Sh!t Slam. Six poets had three minutes to perform their new shit for a score, top two scoring poets each night qualified for finals where they fought  it out for one of the spots on New Sh!t Squad, our National Poetry Slam team. The slam may start up again after NPS in August, check back in for details. But for now…presenting the first ever New Shi!t Slam Team!

First ever New Sh!t Slam Team-- Danez Smith, Joshua Merchant, Tatyana Brown, Jason Bayani, and Jelal Huyler!

Danez Smith, Joshua Merchant, Tatyana Brown, Jason Bayani, and Jelal Huyler!

You can buy chapbooks to support the New Sh!t Slam Team here!

Or, support the team by donating to our Indiegogo campaign in exchange for fabulous perks!

Want to watch the team in action before NPS, here’s the New Sh!t Squad Summer Schedule (so far):

  • June 20th: New Sh!t Show  Battle of the Bay (Merchants of Reality, 285 9th St, SF)  8pm
  • June 25: Berkeley Poetry Slam Battle of the Bay (The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley)  8pm
  • July 3rd: New Sh!t Show, featuring the New Sh!t Squad (The Lab, 2948 16th St, SF) 8pm
  • July 10th: Oakland Poetry Slam Battle of the Bay (Awaken Cafe, 1429 Broadway, Oakland) 8pm
  • July 12th: Beast Crawl!  (The Golden Bull Bar, 412 14th St, Oakland) 8pm
  • July 20th: The New Sh!t Showcase: team showcase + silent auction (The Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom, SF) 7pm
  • July 23rd: Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring The New Sh!t Squad (The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley)  8pm
  • July 26th: Santa Cruz Battle of the Bay
  • July 27th: Palo Alto Battle of the Bay


Meet the team:

Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology: Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint.

Danez Smith is the winner of the 2014 Reading Series Contest sponsored by The Paris-American & was featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Emerging Poets Series by Patricia Smith. His full-length collection, [insert] Boy, will be published Fall 2014 by YesYes Books. hands on ya knees, a chapbook, was published in 2013 by Penmanship Books. Danez is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, VONA-Voices, & elsewhere. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, & elsewhere.

Tatyana Brown is the founding host and curator of The Lit Slam (, where she prances about in fancy dresses and says foul things in between the brilliant poems of her contemporaries. She lives and writes in Oakland in a loft with a hammock room, leaving only to read at local poetry shows or tour the country also for poetry shows. Team NSS 2014 is her favorite slam team to have ever existed in the universe entire, and her guts feel all squirmy whenever remembers how lucky she is to get to write with the giants contained in this book.

Joshua Merchant is a writer, activist and native of East Oakland. Combining a masterful eye for detail, startling vulnerability, and unflinching courage, Joshua explores queer issues, black identity and the complexities of their intersection. In 2011, he won the title of Youth Speaks champion and represented the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Later that year, he became the Berkeley Slam’s youngest Individual World Poetry Slam representative. He represented for the Golden State Slam’s first venues in the 2012 National Poetry Slam. Joshua is currently preparing his debut book to be published by Youth Speaks’ First Word Press this year.

Jelal Huyler is a PoetMC from a forgotten planet on the fair side of West Universe and he likes to make the words move.



Poets Qualified for Finals

  • Julian Shendelman
  • Daniel Riddle Rodriguez


  • Jason Bayani
  • Tatyana Brown
  • Leo Bryant
  • Jas Sufi


  • Danez Smith
  • Joshua Merchant

March 7th

  • Kay Nilsson
  • Zach Goldberg

March 21st

  • Jelal Huyler
  • Ais Ryan

Last Chance Slam

  • Leigh Ann DiDomenico

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