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Mon,01 Sep 2014
Zaccheus Jackson, 'firecracker' East Van poet, dead at 36
Jackson, who became a fixture and inspiration in Vancouver's slam poetry scene starting nine years ago, was struck and killed by a train in Toronto on Wednesday. Jackson was set to return to Vancouver in October. "He didn't get a chance to say goodbye," said Jillian Christmas, Vancouver's current Poetry Slam Champion who performed nationally alongside Jackson as part of the 2013 Van Slam team.
Mon,01 Sep 2014
Phoenix to host 2014 World Poetry Slam
Phoenix is welcoming 72 poets from around the world and countless fans to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) beginning Wednesday, October 8.
Sat,30 Aug 2014
Renowned Vancouver slam poet dead at 36
Zaccheus Jackson, a nationally known and locally loved spoken word poet from Vancouver, has died. He was 36. Jackson was in Toronto, where he was scheduled to perform at the International Poetry Slam.
Sun,17 Aug 2014
Literary Calendar - Sun, 17 Aug 2014 PST
Spokane Poetry Slam - Competitive performance poetry. Poets have three minutes to present their original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. Audience judges chosen at random score the poem and the highest cumulative score after two rounds of poetry wins the $50 grand prize. This is loud and raucous, and audience participation is highly encouraged. Content is not censored. Sign ...
Tue,19 Aug 2014
Going West Festival Poetry Slam, the heats are on
On Saturday 13 September at 8pm, the annual Going West Poetry Slam takes place at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Directed by Doug Poole and assisted by MC Zane Scarborough. Guest judges Selina Tusitala Marsh, Grace Taylor and Ben Brown.
Thu,14 Aug 2014
Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample
Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a poem by first place winners in the Group Piece Finals, Mallary McHenry and Chris Walonski of Colorado. “Mental […]
Fri,15 Aug 2014
D.C.’s Beltway Poetry Slam triumphs at the National Poetry Slam
While the Nats are inching closer to finally winning a championship, a lesser-known local team brought home the pennant this past Saturday.
Sun,10 Aug 2014
Calling Spoken Word Artists And Performance Poets!
On Friday 12 September at 8pm, the annual Going West Poetry Slam takes place at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
Mon,11 Aug 2014
D.C. Wins the National Poetry Slam for the First Time
Snap hard for this one: For the first time, D.C.'s delegation to the National Poetry Slam has brought home the gold. Last week, 72 poetry-slam teams convened in Oakland, Calif., for a five-day competition culminating in a final showdown on Saturday, Aug. 9. There, the Beltway Poetry Slam team beat out the three other finalists: Urbana (New York City), Slam Nuba (Denver), and Team SNO (New ...
Mon,04 Aug 2014
Noodlestring impresses at poetry slam with unique subject
LOCAL poet Noodlestring compared surfing with bull riding in the Cloncurry heat of the Australian Poetry Slam on Sunday. The comparison was an unusual description but proved popular enough with the Bush Poets Breakfast attendees to score the highest points in the competition.

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Poetry Slam

Poetry slam is performance poetry which can feature a broad range of voices, styles, cultural traditions, and approaches to writing and performance.

A poetry slam itself is simply a poetry competition in which poets perform original work alone or in teams before an audience, which serves as judge. The work is judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance as its content or style, and many slam poems are not intended to be read silently from the page.

National Poetry Slam

The National Poetry Slam (NPS) is a performance poetry competition where teams from across the United States, Canada, and France participate in a large-scale poetry slam. The event occurs in early August every year and takes place in a different US city.

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PMPoem TitleCategoriesFormPoetDate Posted
Premium Member Poem Those Contest Titlesfunny,humor,humorous,nonsRhymeCurtis, Jerry T09/02/2014
Premium Member Poem Art Of Warart,beauty,desire,slam,spFree verseNgomane, Raymond09/02/2014
Premium Member Poem This Buds For Youabuse,addiction,anger,conFree verseA , SKAT 08/27/2014
Premium Member Poem Diseaseslam,slavery,soldier,spokDramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond08/22/2014
Premium Member Poem Letters I Never Sentleadership,life,metaphor,BioNgomane, Raymond08/20/2014
D3sp3rat3 M3asur3sslam,Free verseTaylor, Justin08/19/2014
Lyrical Crimesrap,slam,writing,RhymeRivenbark, A.E.08/15/2014
Me, Myself and Critiqueabuse,addiction,anger,angIambic PentameterMallett, Darren08/08/2014
That Man is Minejealousy,rap,slam,RhymeNance, Casarah08/07/2014
A Town Called RotGutabsence,abuse,angst,bio,dFree verseBurns, Alexandra08/06/2014
Bullrap,slam,RhymeRivenbark, A.E.08/06/2014
Truthsabuse,anger,slam,sorrow,tFree verseNeri, Jennifer07/31/2014
Premium Member Poem The Conventional Girlart,inspirational,poetessFree verseNgomane, Raymond07/31/2014
the oh when's family reunionanger,slam,I do not know?ramirez, kathryn07/28/2014
Don't wreck my dayslam,Rhymedolph, ronnie07/26/2014
Roast of an UNNAMED Poetallegory,history,rap,slamOde Mister ROBOTO, JSLambert07/23/2014
Don't tell my heart how to writehow i feel,life,people,slFree verseEszes, Drake07/23/2014
Boys Will Be Boysanger,anti bullying,betraFree verseHaldon, Owen07/21/2014
Premium Member Poem Walkie-talkiescreation,slam,spoken wordFree verseNgomane, Raymond07/18/2014
SPAMMER SMACKDOWNbullying,computer,interneI do not know?Baxter, Warner07/14/2014
Premium Member Poem Questionappreciation,poems,slam,sLight PoetryNgomane, Raymond07/14/2014
Premium Member Poem Spoken Zig Zagspoetry,slam,spoken word,Free verseNgomane, Raymond07/10/2014
Premium Member Poem Lies and Sad Eyesemotions,leaving,memory,sSonnetLindley, Robert06/27/2014
Sally's Nickel Raiseintrospection,money,slam,QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor06/27/2014
Premium Member Poem One Against Manyangst,emotions,slam,RubaiyatVassallo, Alfred06/24/2014
Premium Member Poem Molasses and Hidden Insultsfunny,silly,slam,RhymeSmith, Arlene06/18/2014
Divided we Standamerica,life,people,slam,Free verseEszes, Drake06/17/2014
Premium Member Poem My Ghettobio,poetry,slam,spoken woBioNgomane, Raymond06/13/2014
For The Love Of Methabuse,addiction,slam,Free versedolph, ronnie06/12/2014
What is Lovelove,slam,Free verseTaylor, Justin06/11/2014
What Can't I Doblack african american,deFree verseTaylor, Justin06/11/2014
Premium Member Poem I am a virgin slammerslam,Free verseKolding, Jorn06/11/2014
BIG BIG SLAM TO RACISMinspiration,people,racismVerseGuillermo, Olive Eloisa06/10/2014
The Great Gatsby -school assignment-death,inspiration,longingRhymeMcNabb, Ryan06/09/2014
Before the Boozeeulogy,slam,Free verseJohnson, Timothy06/08/2014
RENEGADES FOREVAgrowing up,rap,slam,teenaFree verseRichards, Andy06/06/2014
the reckoningslam,Verselucas, lonnie06/05/2014
Changeanger,angst,betrayal,freeFree verseChutani, Mohan06/04/2014
Premium Member Poem TO THE GUY WHO KEYED MY DAUGHTER'S CARslam,spoken word,NarrativeDillard, Ray06/03/2014
Premium Member Poem Kindness of Strangers in Courtmetaphor,slam,spoken wordDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)Ngomane, Raymond06/03/2014
Traffic Jam Slamslam,Free verselawless, John05/31/2014
Burning Questionsangst,irony,pain,slam,Free verseChutani, Mohan05/30/2014
Premium Member Poem Save Your Lousy Selfrude,slam,RhymeLindley, Robert05/29/2014
Slam-Bad Online Dating Datehumorous,slam,RhymeNance, Casarah05/28/2014
Premium Member Poem Send Me No Insults When I Dierude,slam,RhymeLindley, Robert05/27/2014
Premium Member Poem Deathbed Regretsslam,spoken word,Blank verseNgomane, Raymond05/27/2014
Slam-Mean Peopleslam,RhymeNance, Casarah05/26/2014
Expensive Paperweightslam,technology,RhymeRivenbark, A.E.05/26/2014
Slam the Slam, Shall Wecommunity,creation,dedicaFree verseChutani, Mohan05/25/2014
Premium Member Poem Evolution Shmevolutionfunny,humor,silly,slam,RhymeSmith, Arlene05/25/2014