Tonight at Slam Nuba: Tight competition and guest poet Sierra DeMulder

That Minnesota slam poet Sierra DeMulder commands an audience is a given: The high-ranked word-slinger helped the St. Paul Poetry Slam Team take the nationals two years in a row, and that's the top line on a list of kudos she's received over the last few years.

The author of the poetry volume The Bones Below, DeMulder is also the featured guest at tonight's Slam Nuba session, where the competition is getting fiercer and fiercer and things are edging ever closer to the final slam-off on April 6 that will determine the members of MasterMind-winning Slam Nuba's 2012 national team.

Slam Nuba won the nationals last year, and so the suspense is already building. Who will be on the roster this round? And can the team repeat last year's victory?

Tonight's event starts with an hourlong workshop at 6 p.m. and signup starts at 7:30 p.m.; open-mike is at 8 p.m. and the slamming proper at 9 p.m., all at Crossroads Theater. Admission is $5 ($10 for the workshop and slam); for information visit the Facebook event page.

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