Photo: Rose McAleese at Seattle Town Hall ca. 2012; Andi Dean, photographer. Used with permissions.

What we do and why we do it

GBF is a financial hand outstretched to slam poets in need.

We are a new, all-volunteer, charitable foundation with a small budget and high hopes. GBF draws on the U.S. slam poetry community to guide poets in financial trouble to ask us for help and contribute to the fund that is dedicated solely to aid its members.

We are doing this because we can … even if only a little bit. Every GBF officer and board member is a current or past slam poet, is an artist in another field, or has been affected profoundly by slam poetry – or, more importantly, by the poets that make the poetry and inhabit the slam community. We are doing this for them, most simply, because of what they have done and are doing for us. We are “the people who love the people who love.”

Who we are

Regie Gibson: President, Director  Winner of the 1998 National Slam Competition, Regie is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. He has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters, and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones”: a feature film based on events in his life. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events and was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s received both an MCC Poetry Award & has composed texts and poems for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society. His first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin (EM Press), was released in 2001. 

Thomas and Gretchen Bouliane: Treasurer and Director, respectively  Tom and Gretchen, both retired, are the parents of Gabrielle Bouliane. Their association with GBF is an extension of their other work for slam poets and the celebration and preservation of slam poetry.

 

Shari Repasz: Clerk, Director  Shari is a dancer, choreographer, and Gyrotonic® trainer. Her teaching experience spans more than 18 years with students ranging from 2 to 76.  She has performed. and taught internationally and in the US, primarily the Boston area.  She has choreographed and performed independently, worked with Jody Weber, ADN Dialect, Adrienne Hawkins, Kelly Donovan and Dancers, Rainbow Tribe and E.B. Dance Project among others. Her husband and daughter sometimes perform with her.  Ben is a musician and teacher, founding member of The Mobil Trio, a faculty member at New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Longy School (Cambridge, MA), as well as Principal of Gravity Arts, a nonprofit providing customized and personalized education in creative music and dance. Elodi, having graduated from the Boston Arts Academy, is now at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (San Francisco). Uli, her son, studied music at The River School (Weston, MA) and is about to enter Kenyon College in the fall of 2017. Son Nathaniel also attended BAA and will attend the University of Hartford (CT) in the fall.

Adam Stone, Director  Adam has been involved in slam since 1998. Since then, he’s represented venues at the National Poetry Slam twelve times, twice performed at the Individual World Poetry Slam, served as Cape Cod’s Spoken Word Poet Laureate from 2000-2005, and has won the Boston Poetry Slam’s Champion of Champions slam more times than anyone else since the inception of the series in 1993. He holds the Cantab Lounge title of Dirty Head-to-Head Haiku Champion, acquired on Erotic Poetry Night in 2012. An invaluable part of the greater Boston poetry community, Adam served as Day Events Coordinator for the 2011 and 2013 National Poetry Slams in Boston and Cambridge. In 2012, he edited the Boston Poetry Slam: 20 Years at the Cantab Lounge anthology and has also been published in the 2013 Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoke Word and Poetry.