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Sat,28 Mar 2015
Poets Duke It Out For National Youth Poetry Slam Spot
Saturday night is the finals of the Be Heard Minnesota Youth Poetry Slam. Six poets will be chosen to represent the state in the international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival this July in Atlanta.
Thu,26 Mar 2015
Enjoy poetry slam ‘One Stage, Many Voices’ April 23 at LSC-CyFair
Sign up to perform or just come to enjoy an evening of performance poetry at Lone Star College-CyFair’s 2015 Poetry Slam set April 23.
Sun,29 Mar 2015
Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time
Performance poet Hollie Poetry on why always wanting to throw up before a gig is a small price to pay for spreading the word Long before she quit her day job and adopted the stage name Hollie Poetry, Hollie McNish was scribbling poems on whatever surface she could find. She started at the age of four, and when we meet she is clutching a folder full of her teenage work. “They’re terrible,” she ...
Fri,27 Mar 2015
Coshocton Public Library to celebrate National Poetry Month
The Coshocton Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry slam April 9 for students in grades 7-12.
Fri,27 Mar 2015
WesCeleb: Lily Myers
The celebrity of Lily Myers ’15 extends far beyond Wesleyan. A video of her reciting her original poem “Shrinking Women” at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational currently has over 4.8 million views on YouTube. Myers carved some time out of her busy and writing-intensive life on campus to talk to The Argus about [...]
Wed,18 Mar 2015
Slam poetry makes a loud, local comeback
Ask Shayna "Simba" Castano where she got her "Lion King" nickname and she'll shrug. It's just something that stuck, she explains, possibly because of her hair, a thick, black mane.
Thu,26 Mar 2015
Poetry pulled Texas center McGee-Stafford from depression
Poetry, Imani McGee-Stafford says, saved her life. She was still in middle school when she began putting the words rumbling through her head down on paper, filling notebook after notebook in search of a voice to break free of the depression that was choking her. Eventually, that writing pulled her out of depression. She found her voice when she arrived at the University of Texas, at slam poetry ...
Sun,29 Mar 2015
Westbury: Poets hope to slam competition
Student writers to compete in Broward County at giant poetry slam competition
Tue,17 Mar 2015
Women of the World Poetry Slam makes 8th annual return
The World of Women Poetry Slam (WOWPS) is a four-day poetry festival, in which 72 of the best female poets in the world compete against each…
Fri,20 Mar 2015
Events raises funds for local poet
Molly Sroges is a Carroll County poet. And she's unsinkable. At least that's what her T-shirt read at a fundraiser to help send her to "The Women of the World Poetry Slam," which starts Wednesday in...

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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A Queen's Lips angel, beauty, butterfly, life,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Disturb the Comfortable art, slam, spoken word,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Those women slam, woman, Prose Poetryhunjeri, njeri
Like A Girl beautiful, girl, identity, rights,Free verseA , Poet Destroyer
Your so smart slam, Epigramperanteau, jimi
Common poetess, poets, slam, spokenBioNgomane, Raymond
A Different Kind of Heart anger, blessing, care, heart,Free versehunjeri, njeri
PYREX MOCKING-BIRDS community, corruption, discrimination, education,AlliterationPAPYRUS, KEITH
Little Lady bio, change, childhood, slam, Free verseSantos, Lianna
Premium Member Poem Accident grief, natural disasters, slam, SenryuMakama, Funom
Premium Member Poem A Legend In His Own Mind silly, slam, RhymeSmith, Arlene
Premium Member Poem Slamming The Super-Duper-Soupers humor, slam, RubaiyatD., Nathan
God Given encouraging, introspection, philosophy, religion,RhymeVH, Jessica
Hello, My Name Is abuse, anger, anxiety, betrayal,Free verseLarson, Brittany
Sleep death, depression, slam, Free verseTyler, Marchel
REVENGE SIX POINT ZERO abuse, anger, angst, betrayal,QuatrainDe Castro, Jesus
Anxiety anxiety, slam, Free verseFox, Kaitlyn
Prisoner heart, pain, slam, Free verseFox, Kaitlyn
Love Making Poets anti bullying, creation, cuteEpicNgomane, Raymond
Fast Forward anti bullying, betrayal, body,Free verseCo, Lisa
Growing Into Womanhood childhood, slam, women, I do not know?Fox, Kaitlyn
Tobacco Match-Questionku with Tobacco Bridge- Haiku abuse, addiction, betrayal, care,QuestionkuSchumacker, Earl
Survive Another Day art, courage, slam, spokenFree verseNgomane, Raymond
Hip Hop art, hip hop, poems,VerseNgomane, Raymond
The Writer In Me art, poets, slam, spokenFree verseNgomane, Raymond
Men are just men africa, men, metaphor, slam,VerseNgomane, Raymond
HER anger, betrayal, bullying, discrimination,RhymeMyers, Bobbi
Measuring Insecurity girl, hope, hurt, slam,I do not know?Fox, Kaitlyn
I Wish dedication, deep, eulogy, feelings,Free verseMinero, Carly
GREEN-EYED MONSTERS slam, RhymeGnik, Nehpets
Eyes on Words courage, education, judgement, slam,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Spare Nails and a Hammer divorce, slam, I do not know?Fox, Kaitlyn
A Letter love, sad love, slam,I do not know?Fox, Kaitlyn
I Salute Writers inspirational, slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
At GunPoint absence, africa, betrayal, poetry,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense anti bullying, education, poetry,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Santa's Seeing Red anger, christmas, conflict, dark,LyricCurtis, Jerry T
Two Faced Dreamer art, poetess, poets, slam,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Ugly Words angst, crazy, hyperbole, slam,RhymeHicks, Timothy
Sticky Fingers philosophy, poets, slam, words,Free versepterous, k8
A Speaking Poem adventure, africa, slam, spokenBioNgomane, Raymond
Microphone Germs imagination, inspiration, nonsense, slam,Dramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond
Young Age africa, age, anger, art,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Pages desire, emotions, inspiration, inspirational,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Love Slogans abuse, addiction, africa, antiDramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond
The People In The World angst, philosophy, psychological, slam,QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor
Dress Code art, beauty, bio, poetry,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Modesty beauty, body, cheer up,Free verseLarson, Brittany
Concrete Heart earth, family, poetry, slam,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
The poet and the Gavel class, identity, people, philosophy,NarrativeAllen, Dillon