March 1, 2007

Poet CP Maze Takes Top Honors in Sherman’s Spine Tingling Slam

Fourteen of the Upstate’s hottest poets joined Sherman students and other slam enthusiasts at the college’s second Spine Tingling Poetry Slam on February 24 in the Showroom at Hub-Bub in Downtown Spartanburg.

The event raised more than $1,500 for student scholarships at Sherman College. Check out the photos here.

Poet CP Maze (Charles Perry Jr.) won first place, taking home $300. Second-place winner was Tavis Brunson, who earned $200, and third place winner was Mariangela Mihai, who took home $100. Kimberly Simms of Wits End Poetry and Greenville Slammaster hosted the event.

A poetry slam is, simply put, the competitive art of performance poetry as seen on television and in coffee houses across the nation. A slam puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, which encourages poets to focus on what they are saying and how they are saying it.

Members of the audience and designated judges evaluated poets for their three-minute, original constructions, without the use of props, costumes or musical instruments. The numerical scores the poets received from the judges were tallied, and the top three poets were awarded cash prizes.

Go to for registration, slam rules and other details. For more information, e-mail Karen Rhodes, Director of Public Relations ( or call 864-578-8770, ext. 242.

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