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Mon,28 Jul 2014
CT Team Verbal Slap Headed To National Poetry Slam
Hosting Fundraiser To Help Get Them To California The Connecticut poetry slam team known as Verbal Slap is performing Saturday, Aug. 2, to raise money for its trip to Oakland, Calif., to compete in the National Poetry Slam.
Sun,27 Jul 2014
ABQ hosts 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam
The 2015 Women of the World event will bring up to 72 poets to the city
Fri,25 Jul 2014
Casa Grande sends team to poetry slam
The BlackBox Foundation is sponsoring a Casa Grande poetry slam team to compete in the Copper State Poetry Slam State Championships Saturday and Sunday.
Sun,20 Jul 2014
Literary calendar - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 PST
Spokane Poetry Slam - Spokane Poetry Slam is 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 ...
Sat,19 Jul 2014
Stories shed at energetic poetry slam
Cat Abenstein believes the trick to writing good poetry is to write a lot of it.
Thu,24 Jul 2014
Poetic injustice: Locals respond to N.C.’s poet laureate debate
Poetry has long been an action-packed artistic genre in Western North Carolina. Here, it’s not merely written but spoken, slammed and taken into schools (thanks to Poetry Alive! — which celebrates its 30th anniversary with an event at The White Horse on Aug. 15 — and LEAF in Schools & Streets, among other initiatives). In […]
Sun,20 Jul 2014
Sedona's Claire Pearson readies for National Poetry Slam
Claire Pearson is getting ready to compete in poetry at the national level. “I’m competing at this poetry bout in Flagstaff on Saturday night,” she said.
Sat,19 Jul 2014
Brave New Voices slam attracts teen poets from all over
At one of the first quarterfinal rounds of the 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, in Philadelphia for the first time this year, it was easy to see why brave was in the title.
Wed,16 Jul 2014
7/26-27: Copper State Poetry Slam returns to Phoenix
The Copper State Poetry Slam returns to Phoenix, featuring poets from across the state.                
Sun,06 Jul 2014
Literary calendar - Sun, 06 Jul 2014 PST
BootSlam - Performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets will have three minutes per round to perform their original work, without the aid of costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five audience judges, chosen at random, score the work, and the poet with the highest score after two rounds wins the $50 grand prize. This event is open to poets and fans of all ages, but ...

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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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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
Premium Member Poem Pretty Poetangel,how i feel,mentor,pFree verseA , Poet Destroyer05/25/2014
Premium Member Poem My Honey Babeslam,RhymeGalinta, Leonora05/25/2014
Uxor Interfector : Confessions of A Killer On The Newsbeauty,body,death,evil,muVerseMerritt, Keith05/24/2014
Stupid Lovelove,slam,RhymeSmith, Tim05/24/2014
A Good Clean Slamslam,Free verselawless, John05/24/2014
Premium Member Poem To Slam or Not To Slamslam,RhymeVassallo, Alfred05/24/2014
Premium Member Poem Its Personalmentor,metaphor,slam,spokRhymeNgomane, Raymond05/23/2014
Slam Slamhumor,slam,Rhymelawless, John05/22/2014
Premium Member Poem Outlaw for Christfaith,life,slam,RhymeNicole, Sabina05/22/2014
Premium Member Poem The Unknownadventure,beautiful,bio,cVerseA , Poet Destroyer05/21/2014
Premium Member Poem Words are Messyslam,spoken word,word plaFree verseNgomane, Raymond05/21/2014
Premium Member Poem Crumbling Pedestalabuse,angel,angst,slam,Free verseLamoureux, Richard05/19/2014
Premium Member Poem Woodstockabuse,animal,bird,charactAlliterationA , SKAT 05/19/2014