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Grand Slam International Poetry Festival 2015

Grand Slam International Poetry Festival 2015

Paris Lit Up in collaboration with Slam Productions proudly present:

Grand Slam International Poetry Festival 2015 featuring Carl Watson & Yann Rousselot

Join us this year for one full week of national and international slam poetry competitions. Over 100 poets from around the world will converge on Belleville and compete for both the World Cup of Slam as well as the French National Grand Slam titles. In addition, numerous events and readings will take place throughout the week. Paris Lit Up is the proud organizer of the following events:*

Carl Watson & Yann Rousselot

For one night only, internationally renowned poet and novelist Carl Watson and Inkshares author Yann Rousselot will take to the stage of Culture Rapide on Saturday, June 6th at 17h30 for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Hosted by the wild and rambunctious Jason Francis Mc Gimsey. Be sure to come early for a good spot as space is limited.

Carl Watson is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and critic. He grew up in Northwest Indiana and has since lived in Portland Oregon, New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Paris and teaches literature in the CUNY system, most recently at Baruch College.. Watson has written cultural criticism and reviews for various journals including The Village Voice, NY Press, Downtown, Tribes, and The Williamsburg Observer. He is the author of several books of fiction, including Bricolage ex Machina (Lost Modern Press), Beneath the Empire of the Birds (Apathy Press), The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts (Autonomedia), and most recently Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, a novel published by Sensitive Skin Books. He has also published several collections of poetry, including Anarcadium Pan (Erie Street Press), Living for the Ecstasy Sect, Confessions of an Aspirin Eater, The Green Man (Apathy). His latest collection, Astral Botanica, is published by Fly by Night Press, the imprint of A Gathering of the Tribes. In 2012 he received the Kathy Acker Award for Fiction. The novel Hotel des acts irrevocables and the short story collections Sous l’empire des oiseaux and la vie psychosomatique have been published in France by Gallimard, and vagabonde, respectively. Vagabonde press will publish the novel Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming next year.


YR_AuthorPerform_V1Yann Rousselot is a translator, writer, and poet. He grew up in airport lounges and diplomatic enclaves with his brothers, his sister, and countless cheap suitcases, raised across the globe by humanitarian parents. He has been published in Paris Lit Up Magazine, The Bastille, AUP’s Paris/Atlantic Magazine, Thought Catalog, and the Belleville Park Pages. He lives, writes, and performs spoken word poetry in his adoptive city of Paris.

Dawn of the AlgorithmDawn of the Algorithm, Yann Rousselot’s debut collection of poetry, is a bestiary of octosharks and dinosaurs, zombies and pathogens, mecha robots and common mortals. These monsters were raised on a diet of TV tropes, movie clichés, book snippets, and video game storylines. Some have beating hearts, others interlocking mechanical parts. They are forces of human nature, genetically engineered with a single purpose: to herald the apocalypse. Building on user-friendly motif and imagery, Rousselot draws acute, playful but painful conclusions about twenty-first century Earth. He paints a darkly comical portrait of humankind, a species plagued by heartbreak and alienation, yet driven by hope and, at the very core, a burning desire to connect. (

Graffiti Poetry Workshop

poetry-stencil_iconWant to move beyond the page? Want to take your words to the world? Come create your own poetry stencils and learn basic graffiti techniques to make the streets sing. Hosted by street artist tragicoptimist on Saturday, June 6th 14h30-17h – all participants will take home their very own street art stencil. For participation and materials, please bring a 5€ donation.


Poem on Demand

Poems-on-demandNot a writer? Need to swoon someone but are falling short of words? Never fear, on Saturday, June 6th 14h30-17h you can challenge our English and French poets to make you a custom poem for a small donation and take home a masterpiece.  Hammered out on vintage typewriters, our poets will breath life into your ideas and send you home with a little bit of magic. For participation and materials, please bring a 1€ donation.

Book Swap Shop

Book-SwapRead all your poetry books? Got an extra copy to trade or exchange? Want to get your hands on free or cheap books? Bring a book to swap or find new treasures at our independent bookshop. Featuring the work of independent presses (like Paris Lit Up Press) and the work of the poets competing in the Grand Slam, this pretty little booth will be hosted by Emily Ruck Keene. The book swap shop will be open both Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th from 14h-18h.

Master Class in Autofiction: Complicating the Relationship Between Writing and Experience with Shannon Cain


Join award winning author Shannon Cain as she explores the space between fiction and reality. She is an author, master teacher, manuscript consultant and writing coach. The stories in her first book, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, were awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and a fellowship from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught fiction writing via kitchen-table groups, individual instruction, community classes, online workshops, and universities in the US and Europe, most recently in the MFA program at Bennington College. In 2014 she was awarded a “skills and talents” visa to come to Paris and write a book of autofiction about money, violence, love and sex. This 1h30 masterclass will be held in English on Saturday, June 6th from 10h30-12h at the elegant Carré de Baudouin for a donation of 5€.

Shannon Cain workshop

A complete schedule of all the events and competitions can be consulted in .pdf Grand Slam 2015 Program.

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