Chancelier “xero” Skidmore has attempted to craft the perfect poem for over a decade.
A teaching artist in Baton Rouge, Skidmore has competed nationally in team and individual poetry slams for 13 years, and each individual competition he attends has him vying for the opportunity to claim the number one spot.
On Oct. 5 in Spokane, Wash., after three previous attempts, the Plaquemine native was victorious in his quest to become the number one ranked slam poet in the world, emerging as the 2013 champion of the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS).
A poetry slam is an Olympic style poetry competition in which poets are scored 0-10 by five randomly selected judges for a possible high score of 30. The high and low scores of each round are then thrown out, and the middle three are added together for the final score.
iWPS is a poetry slam festival created in 2004 by Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSi). It features four preliminary rounds with poems of one, two, three and four minute lengths. The top twelve of the 72 competing poets move on to grand slam finals, and spar in a possible three rounds of three-minute poems. In the end, four poets move on to the final round with a clean slate, hoping to become number one.
His work published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the Spring 2010 volume of the New Delta Review by LSU Press. Executive Director of Forward Arts, Inc. and works as Program Manager/lead teaching-artist of WordPlay.
In addition to poetry, Xero also plays percussion for a few bands and loves to hang out with his daughter in her music studio.