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open micInspired by the poetry slam born 30 years ago in the jazz clubs of Chicago, the AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group and the AAG Subconference are organizing an inaugural Geo Slam at the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in an effort to bridge the gap between creative and academic endeavors. The Geo Slam is a non-competitive opportunity for geographers and local writers to showcase their sensory, poetic, character-driven, and metaphoric writing. It is a space to make our “other” writing the centerpiece. Anyone can participate and will be given 5-8 minutes to share their literary pieces.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:40 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
Where: Skyway 260, Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower, Blue Level

Drawing on Ruth Behar’s The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart, this year’s theme is “Vulnerable Geographies.” Through these pieces, we want to explore the ways in which we are emotionally drawn to the places and people of our research.

Please RSVP to Pamela Sertzen (pksertze [at] syr [dot] edu) or Jessie Speer (jlspeer [at] syr [dot] edu) by April 17, 2015, if you are interested in presenting. Audience members are encouraged to participate.