The Klute (a.k.a Bernard J. Schober, an obviously fake name) is one of Arizona’s most recgonizable voices in the slam poetry game. He has performed in every slam venue in the Copper State since 2000 and has been a member of 7 teams representing the cities of Mesa (02, 03, 05, 06, 10) and Phoenix (08, 09) at the National Poetry Slam, making semi finals twice, once in 05 and once in 09, and group piece finals in 08.
A Brick Cave Media artist, his poetry chapbook “My American Journey” was one of the fi rst poetry chapbooks available on Amazon.com’s Kindle. He is also the co-founder and host of “The Poe Show,” the only annual celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth west of the Mississippi (now in its 9th year). At the National Poetry Slam he is recognized as one of the Nerd Masters—a gatekeeper at the National Nerd Slam in charge of making sure the poets who attempt to perform on the stage truly have their Ewoks dotted and Vulcans crossed. You may think you “Grok” Spock, but you do NOT, sir, and I said GOOD DAY. He has toured internationally, performing his own brand of iconoclastic poetry as part of his 2007-2008 “One Foot in the Grave” tour and in solo appearances, featuring at such legendary poetry venues as the Bowery Poetry Cafe in New York City and the Cafe Deux Soleils in Vancouver, Canada. He’s been introduced from the dais with Republican Congressmen and performed for the president of the American Communist Party, and once read a poem in front of theWhite House to an audience of Capitol Police and Secret Service Agents.
Former Arizona Blogger Jerome du Bois once said of The Klute: “You have one of the blackest hearts I’ve ever had the misfortune to glimpse.” He is available for funerals and children’s parties.
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