Houston, Texas - Savannah Blue Arts and Outreach Executive Director Savannah Blue has chosen a veteran performance poet to serve as the Tournament Director to help plan the upcoming Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival.
“I needed someone with experience planning and running poetry slams and someone thoroughly rooted in the Houston poetry scene.” said Savannah Blue. “So I’m pleased to announce that Cedric Ary a.k.a. Brother Said has agreed to serve as Tournament Director for the Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival.”
“I’m looking forward to working with SBAO to make this festival an undeniable success.” Brother Said responded over the phone while on a business trip. “We had a real productive initial meeting during the Thanksgiving week. But we have a lot of work to do to get this big event ready in a few months.”
So what exactly does a Tournament Director do?
“I basically do what I’m told.” joked Brother Said. “ I’ve got ideas that I present and push for in terms of tournament structure, bout draw, how poets advance to the next round, etc and then Savannah says no or yes. She has ideas that she wants to implement, but it’s also my job to remind her that as an Executive Director and founder and visionary you may be used to doing it all, but as hard as it is you have to really delegate and let people do the job you picked them for.”
Brother Said has been a performance poet since 1998 when he first met his poetic mentor legendary performance poet Jarbarri Aziz Ra. He is a veteran of the Houston open mic scene, has served as Slammaster for Houston Poetry Slam since 2005, and served as Tournament Director and Emcee for the very first annual Bayou City Poetry Slam. More recently he can be heard reciting his verse in the KHOU “Stand for Houston” campaign commercials.