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Sun,23 Nov 2014
Poetry slam furthers change in Ogden community
Four of the state’s top young poets competed in a Champions’ Slam last week to raise funds for the first homeless youth shelter in Utah. The Champions’...
Sun,07 Dec 2014
Literary Calendar - Sun, 07 Dec 2014 PST
Author Marvin Noe - The local author will meet fans and sign his two novels, “Alone” and “Alone Again.” Today, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206. BootSlam - All ages 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 ...
Thu,11 Dec 2014
Eyes on the Go, Inc. Creates a Groundbreaking Alliance of Legendary Literary Organizations to Broadcast Exclusive ...
Eyes on the Go, Inc. announced today the launch of InVerse NYC, a first ever collaboration of world renowned poetry organizations in New York City. InVerse will feature exclusive performances daily from ...
Mon,01 Dec 2014
KHS students participate in Middle East poetry slam
Dozens of Kinston High School students use technology to participate in poetry slam in the Middle East.  
Thu,11 Dec 2014
Peoria High Students Show off Poetry Skills
PEORIA - Peoria High students hosted the school's first ever poetry slam Thursday night.
Sun,14 Dec 2014
Literary Calendar - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 PST
Author Jan Brett - New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator with more than 36 million books in print will be presenting her newest book, “The Animals’ Santa.” There will be signed posters for the first 100 families, Hedgie the hedgehog (in costume) will visit, special tour buttons will be given out and she will be signing books as well. Today, 5 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 ...
Wed,26 Nov 2014
Former laureate Michael Rosen to visit Hainault school
A former poet laureate will give a video conference from a primary school to nine others, before judging a poetry slam competition.
Tue,25 Nov 2014
Well-known poet banned from events in three cities over sexual harassment and assault allegations
A well-known Toronto poet has been banned from live poetry events in three cities across the country over unspecified allegations of sexual harassment and assault contained in a grievance filed with Ottawa’s Capital Poetry Collective. Greg Frankson, who goes by the stage name Ritallin, was kicked out of the collective, which he helped create, and banned from attending any events organized by the ...
Sun,21 Dec 2014
Street poets raise their voices this Summer
Auckland Live and Niu Navigations come together again to present Rising Voices Summer Series – a showcase of Aotearoa’s most electric, hilarious and passionate slam poets this 12-14 February.
Sun,14 Dec 2014
Samuel L. Jackson Performs 'Boy Meets World' Slam Poetry (Video)
Later on NBC, Nick Cannon explained his recent whiteface stunt, saying it was an homage to Andy Kaufman. read more        

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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Slam Poetry in Written Form

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THE LORD anger, slam, CoupletGnik, Nehpets
I Wish dedication, deep, eulogy, feelings,Free verseMinero, Carly
GREEN-EYED MONSTERS slam, RhymeGnik, Nehpets
Premium Member Poem 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
Premium Member Poem I Salute Writers inspirational, slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem At GunPoint absence, africa, betrayal, poetry,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
My Slam Poem Part 1 Draft 1 abuse, break up, depression,I do not know?Frustrations, Teenage
Premium Member Poem 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
Premium Member Poem Two Faced Dreamer art, poetess, poets, slam,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Ugly Words angst, crazy, hyperbole, slam,RhymeHicks, Timothy
an untitled slam poem that addresses gender and also being a lesbian gender, girl, girlfriend, humorous,Free versepterous, k8
Sticky Fingers philosophy, poets, slam, words,Free versepterous, k8
Premium Member Poem A Speaking Poem adventure, africa, slam, spokenBioNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Microphone Germs imagination, inspiration, nonsense, slam,Dramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Young Age africa, age, anger, art,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Pages desire, emotions, inspiration, inspirational,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Love Slogans abuse, addiction, africa, antiDramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem To Slam the Door friendship, Rondeau RedoubleAdams, Cona
The People In The World angst, philosophy, psychological, slam,QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor
Premium Member Poem Dress Code art, beauty, bio, poetry,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Concrete Heart earth, family, poetry, slam,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
The poet and the Gavel class, identity, people, philosophy,NarrativeAllen, Dillon
Monster slam, Free verseJohnson, Timothy
Premium Member Poem Eardrums emotions, poetry, slam, spokenDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)Ngomane, Raymond
Hibernation dark, slam, sleep, RhymeHart, Andrew
Premium Member Poem Those Contest Titles funny, humor, humorous, nonsense,RhymeCurtis, Jerry T
Premium Member Poem Art Of War art, beauty, desire, slam,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem This Buds For You abuse, addiction, anger, conflict,Free verseA , SKAT
Premium Member Poem Disease slam, slavery, soldier, spokenDramatic monologueNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Letters I Never Sent leadership, life, metaphor, slam,BioNgomane, Raymond
D3sp3rat3 M3asur3s slam, Free verseTaylor, Justin
Lyrical Crimes rap, slam, writing, RhymeRivenbark, A.E.
Me, Myself and Critique abuse, addiction, anger, angst,Iambic PentameterMallett, Darren
That Man is Mine jealousy, rap, slam, RhymeNance, Casarah
A Town Called RotGut absence, abuse, angst, bio,Free verseBurns, Alexandra
Bull rap, slam, RhymeRivenbark, A.E.
Truths abuse, anger, slam, sorrow,Free verseNeri, Jennifer
Premium Member Poem The Conventional Girl art, inspirational, poetess, slam,Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Don't wreck my day slam, Rhymedolph, ronnie
Roast of an UNNAMED Poet allegory, history, rap, slam,Ode Mister ROBOTO, JSLambert
Don't tell my heart how to write how i feel, life,Free verseEszes, Drake
Boys Will Be Boys anger, anti bullying, betrayal,Free verseHaldon, Owen
Premium Member Poem Walkie-talkies creation, slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
SPAMMER SMACKDOWN bullying, computer, internet, rude,I do not know?Baxter, Warner
Premium Member Poem Question appreciation, poems, slam, spokenLight PoetryNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Spoken Zig Zags poetry, slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Lies and Sad Eyes emotions, leaving, memory, slam, RhymeLindley, Robert