** Grand Poetry Slam for National Poetry Month ** Slam Master Autumn Echo to host it!!! Autumn Echo is a 22 year old performance poet from Jamestown, NY. She started Pulse Poetry Slam, a competitive performance poetry event series in 2014, at the age of 18, and now hosts two events a month. As of 2017, Autumn has organized, facilitated, and emceed over 100 live music and poetry related events. She has featured at events across New York State, having performed at Poetic Vibe in Albany, NY, opened for the band Boy Harsher at Sugar City in Buffalo, and performs during Bach & Beer at Labyrinth Press Company in Jamestown on a monthly basis.
Earlier in her poetic career, she featured at the showcase event Living Poets Society in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and has been a guest host and frequent competitor at the Pure Ink Poetry Slam events. She has also featured at the event Poets Storm Nietzsche’s in Buffalo, and has performed in Rochester, NY at House of Guitars. In 2016, she was invited to participate in a special diversity training for University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State College, where some of her original poetry was used to facilitate important conversations about diversity & acceptance for all campus resident assistants and workers.
She competed in the Queen Elizabeth Way International Poetry Slam and the Empire State Regional Poetry Slam alongside her team of poets in 2016, marking the first time Jamestown, NY has been represented on a competitive level for poetry. She won the June 2017 Insomnia Slam, an online poetry competition hosted by an organization in Florida. During the 2017 Jamestown Insomniac 24 Hour Film festival, she wrote, directed, and produced a spoken word film called “My City”, which won an award for Best Representation of Jamestown, and went semi-viral locally, having garnered over 300 shares and 17k views on Facebook and counting. She performed at Niagara University during the premier “WNY Poets” event series in November of 2017.