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Sun,07 Sep 2014
Literary calendar - Sun, 07 Sep 2014 PST
BootSlam - This is an all ages performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam, with featured poet Morris Stegosaurus. Poets will have three minutes per round to perform their own original work, without the aid of costumes, props, or music. 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 ...
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.
Tue,16 Sep 2014
Ex-Otago poet in finals of contest
The son of an Otago soldier who saw service at Gallipoli has won a place in the national finals of the Australian Poetry Slam. read more
Thu,18 Sep 2014
September poetry slam to be held at UAS
Woosh Kinaadeiy will host an open mic and poetry slam on Friday Sept. 19 at the UAS Housing Lodge. The event will be hosted by Dee Jay DeRego and Conor Lendrum and is open to poets and performers of all ages and abilities.
Thu,04 Sep 2014
Urban art festival hits Vista this weekend
The daylong event includes cosplay, a poetry slam, a steampunk fashion show and graffiti murals.
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.
Thu,11 Sep 2014
Triple J puts pen to Burnie's paper history in poetry slam | AUDIO
BURNIE'S old paper factory and cityscape are chronicled in spoken-word poetry performed by Triple J's breakfast show team this morning.
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.
Fri,19 Sep 2014
Watch Blake Griffin perform ‘Slam Dunk Poetry’
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is known for his slam dunks, and now he’s giving slam poetry a whirl. Griffin took a shot at stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory in L.A. this week. VIDEO: Our @blakegriffin32 masterfully delivers "Slam Dunk Poetry" at the Laugh Factory: #Sooners — Oklahoma […]
Thu,18 Sep 2014
Five High School Students Receive Nation's Top Honor for Youth Poets
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2014 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation's highest honor for teen poets presenting original work, began their year of poetry events, ...

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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
The poet and the Gavelclass,identity,people,phiNarrativeAllen, Dillon09/18/2014
Monsterslam,Free verseJohnson, Timothy09/13/2014
Premium Member Poem Eardrumsemotions,poetry,slam,spokDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)Ngomane, Raymond09/10/2014
Hibernationdark,slam,sleep,RhymeHart, Andrew09/04/2014
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,sRhymeLindley, 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