Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam - FEMS

For: FEM Slam
Boston, MA
Organizer: FEM Slam
Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam - FEMS (FEM Slam)
$610
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
6% Complete

The Story

FEMSFeminine Empowerment Movement Slam

FEMS is a grassroots initiative creating the first annual 3 day poetry national competition for feminine identified people in Boston, MA. This slam aims to be radically accessible; open to people of all ages, keeping costs as low as possible, seeking venues that are accessible to wheelchair users, those with limited mobility, the deaf and hard of hearing community as possible and having accommodations available for folks who need them. More than anything we want to create a space where people feel like they can have a voice, be supported and challenged into the power we access in spaces that hold us at the center. Your contribution is important because it will help subsidize the cost for poets, pay for venues, supplies and give resources to participants.

What is slam? Slam is a game where poets read original work in front of an audience, 5 of whom judge from 0-10 points. For many who compete it is life-giving and fun. FEMS organizers want to share this under-ground game with as many people as possible so we will be doing outreach to encourage first-slammers as well as experienced performers.

For who? People who identify as feminine including but not limited to Queer femmes, GNC femmes, two spirit individuals, trans femmes, trans women and cis women who identify as feminine and all of the other identities feminine people hold at intersections.


WHY WE NEED THIS:
No one else has done it yet! We are creating space that was not given! Currently there is no space in the slam scene for femmes and feminine people to showcase our work in a tournament setting. We believe that feminine people deserve to have a space where their work is not being compared to masculine poets. 

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Email us if you have questions: [email protected]

This slam is being organized by queer femmes of color and accepting help lovingly from non-femmes from the community.

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