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Sun,15 Feb 2015
Literary Calendar - Sun, 15 Feb 2015 PST
Spokane Poetry Slam – Special guest is Stephen Meads. Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry. Poets have three minutes to present 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 ...
Fri,20 Feb 2015
Protest Poetry Slam winners use verse to delve into black experience
Organizers of the Black History Month Protest Poetry Slam wanted event Friday night to prompt discussion and promote change. Read more
Sun,22 Feb 2015
Summit Middle School students shine in poetry slam competition
The trophy for the Summit Middle School poetry slam sits on the stage as 8th grade students prepare to perform their poems.
Fri,20 Feb 2015
Video | Sweet Peaches' Poetry Slam
On the corner of 18th and Muhammad Ali sits Sweet Peaches. It's normally a quiet deli, soup restaurant and sandwich shop but once a month it is the battlefield for a poetry slam. Where competitors put it all on the line.                
Sun,01 Mar 2015
Breathe Ink Youth Poetry presents Buddy Wakefield
breatheINK Youth Poetry Initiative and N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts will welcome internationally-renown performance poet Buddy Wakefield .
Fri,20 Feb 2015
Gallery | Poetry Slam at Sweet Peaches
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Fri,20 Feb 2015
Poets hone their craft at Sweet Peaches slam
The poetry slam at Sweet Peaches, 1800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., draws poets from all over                
Thu,12 Feb 2015
Spoz’s poetry slam creates budding bards
A FORMER poet laureate helped Birchensale Middle School pupils release their creativeness. Spoz led a slam poetry session for Year 7 students, with each group competing against each other for the best performance.
Thu,26 Feb 2015
Lincoln High student enlists help of acclaimed poet to express thanks to teacher
Lincoln High teacher Deborah McGinn loves writing, she loves her students, and she loves poetry — especially the work of acclaimed contemporary poet Billy Collins.
Sun,08 Feb 2015
ABQ to host female poets from around the world
Albuquerque will host the Women of the World (WOW) Poetry Slam Championship for the first time in 10 years this March.

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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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
Premium Member Poem 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
Premium Member Poem Survive Another Day art, courage, slam, spokenFree verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Hip Hop art, hip hop, poems,VerseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem The Writer In Me art, poets, slam, spokenFree verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem 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
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
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
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
The People In The World angst, philosophy, psychological, slam,QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor
Premium Member Poem Dress Code art, beauty, bio, poetry,ImagismNgomane, Raymond
Modesty beauty, body, cheer up,Free verseLarson, Brittany
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 VerseNgomane, 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