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The ILL List Poetry Slam Invitational hosts eight of the nation's best poets to perform in a rural Central Valley town, Modesto, CA.

Annually, The ILL List Poetry Slam Invitational invites eight (8) poets from California (particularly LA and the Bay) with one or two poets coming from out of state due to financial feasibility.  This year, however, we plan to invite six (6) out-of-state poets in order to keep the show fresh, vital, and among the nation's most renowned destinations for top-tier spoken word artists, as well as to provide the city of Modesto with an opportunity to hear nationally ranked poets outside of the state without leaving the comfort of the historic, downtown State Theater.

While most slams have a pay-your-own-way mentality, The ILL List and its organizers have always treated poets with greater respect, offering food & drink, small travel stipends, hotel rooms, and unparalleled hospitality.  We pride ourselves on taking care of poets, which is a primary reason we get so many requests to participate in The ILL List and why Modesto's reputation around the poetry world has caught fire. 

We want to continue our small town tradition of courtesy and respect toward performers while simultaneously recruiting and accommodating out-of-state poets without the hands of corporate America tattooing its name across our event.  We have prided ourselves on community, grassroots support, from small cafes and companies to local arts agencies and individual donors.

This is your chance to be an ILL List champion without writing a poem.  Help us accommodate poets and continue to offer a substantial grand prize for the winning performers. 

We know you will be there to witness the magic of The ILL List on Saturday, December 10th, 2011, and now you can confidently say that the poets didn't just come FOR you, they came BECAUSE of you.

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    Your name in the program and a special onstage shout out.

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    Original haiku written just for you by former City of Modesto Poet Laureate Sam Pierstorff on a vintage postcard and mailed to your house.

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    Limited run (50), hand-numbered ILL LIST 8 poster and a thank you in the program.

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    Signed comic book style image by DC comic book colorist Allen Passlaqua of 2010 ILL LIST champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo.

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    ILL LIST 8 poster autographed by all eight ILL LIST 2011 poets and a backstage meet and greet prior to the start of the show.

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    A pair of 2nd Row, Premium Reserved tickets to the ILL LIST 8 and a thank you with your name, image, and or business logo to be shown on the ILL LIST 8 sponsorship slideshow.

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    Everything in all of the previous levels plus four (4) 2nd Row, Premium Reserved tickets to the ILL LIST 8, and a live on-stage sketch commercial performed by hosts Sam and Greg thanking you or your business for your patronage.

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