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Feminine Empowerment Movement (FEMS) Poetry Slam Tournament
Friday, October 18 from 6:00pm-10:00pm at FMC
Saturday, October 19 from 12:00pm-10:00pm at FMC
Sunday, October 20 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at First Parish Church, Harvard Square

The stage is open to the wider public and the whole community at Friends Meeting at Cambridge (FMC) for opening ceremonies on Friday October 18 at 3 pm, a “spooky” open mic Friday evening 6pm, and Saturday October 19, tournament bouts are from 12 noon to 10 pm; with a second open mic in the evening at 6 pm. Workshops are available for a suggested donation during the day on Sunday October 20. The final event will happen Sunday night at First Parish Church in Harvard Square with a cover of $10. See http://femslam.com/tournament/schedule/ for full schedule.

Volunteers are needed to help FORJ partner with FEMS staff the weekend of the event. Please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/fems2019 to sign up to volunteer. Also if you are interested in providing housing/hosting a team during the festival October 18-20, please use this link to sign up. If you have questions, talk to Polly Attwood or email her at FORJ@fmcquaker.org

Zenaida Peterson is the founding Executive Director of the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Tournament. The tournament is integrally connected with FMC. Over three years ago our own Zenaida, FMC attender, Quaker Voluntary Service Alumni Fellow and Recruiter, fiercely felt the need for a poetry space for feminine people. FEMS was birthed at FMC with the help of Friends for Racial Justice (FORJ), Zenaida’s spiritual nurturer, Patricia Wild, and a clearness committee. For the past two consecutive years – the October 2017 inaugural tournament and the 2018 2nd annual slam – we have been so fortunate to see and hear poets from across the United States and Canada, all right here in our Meetinghouse. A community that celebrates and empowers feminine people and voices through poetry, they have shared vulnerabilities, faced fears, and spoken truth to power; we have learned from and been inspired by them. Come listen, be invigorated, and grow! This is an incredible opportunity to learn from, and be with, a multiracial community of feminine identified people of all ages whose vitality and spirit is bursting through.