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Thu,13 Nov 2014
Buddy Wakefield, All Saints Church, North Street, York, December 13
THREE-TIME world poetry slam champion Buddy Wakefield is on his way to York next month at the invitation of performance poet Henry Raby.
Fri,21 Nov 2014
Final Eargasm Tonight
The open-mic series focusing on spoken-word artists ends its four-year run with a poetry slam — and a book-launch. The book-launch is for Straightening Combs and Other Things That Changed My Life , by local performer and poet Kim El.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
Tue,11 Nov 2014
Slamming the F-word in poetry
Annual F-Word Poetry Slam draws large audience Kelsey Stevenson Argonaut The first reading of the night centered on body image issues. Titled, “Shame Game,” by performer Hannah Chessin, the poem described how society’s ideal standards of the perfect ...
Sun,16 Nov 2014
Literary Calendar - Sun, 16 Nov 2014 PST
Spokane Poetry: Community Cover Slam - Competitive performance poetry. Poets have three minutes to present their original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. At this week’s slam poets are allowed to read poetry written by a Spokane poet. Written permission from original poet must be presented. Audience judges chosen at random score the poem and the highest cumulative score ...
Sun,02 Nov 2014
Literary Calendar - Sun, 02 Nov 2014 PST
One Day, 25-Hour NaNoWriMo Kick-Off - Take advantage of November’s extra hour with a write-in. You can drop in or write the entire 25 hour! Get started on your novel, meet other writers and get some inspiration. Today until 6 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350. BootSlam - All ages performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets will ...
Mon,03 Nov 2014
Short Menu
Winners of the Ministry of Health No Ifs No Butts Secondary Schools Poetry Slam at Sapa on Friday. Winners, from left, are second-place Dominique Friday, winner Karina Rodriguez and third-place Harmony Farrell.
Wed,29 Oct 2014
Stars from heyday of D.C.’s poetry slam scene gather for spoken word reunion
Silvana Straw and other performers from the city?s 1990s spoken word heyday gathered at Dance Place.
Fri,07 Nov 2014
Spoken word artist brings relatable art to campus
Last Thursday, Oct. 30, spoken word artist Katie Wirsing shared her personal experiences of identity, relationships and the trials and tribulations of love through a collection of poems.
Sun,02 Nov 2014
Saginaw celebrates a native son with Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival
Readings, a poetry slam, a jazz concert and more pay tribute to the late Pullitzer Prize-winning poet Nov. 7-12 at SVSU and venues in Saginaw, Bay City and Midland..
Mon,03 Nov 2014
Loudoun County community calendar, Nov. 2-9, 2014
Events include a jazz poetry slam, concerts and Purcellville?s annual Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run.

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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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
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
the oh when's family reunion anger, slam, I do not know?ramirez, kathryn
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
Sally's Nickel Raise introspection, money, slam, QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor
Premium Member Poem Molasses and Hidden Insults funny, silly, slam, RhymeSmith, Arlene
Divided we Stand america, life, people, slam, Free verseEszes, Drake
Premium Member Poem My Ghetto bio, poetry, slam, spokenBioNgomane, Raymond
For The Love Of Meth abuse, addiction, slam, Free versedolph, ronnie
What is Love love, slam, Free verseTaylor, Justin
What Can't I Do black african american, deep,Free verseTaylor, Justin
Premium Member Poem I am a virgin slammer slam, Free verseKolding, Jorn
The Great Gatsby -school assignment- death, inspiration, longing, loveRhymeMcNabb, Ryan
Before the Booze eulogy, slam, Free verseJohnson, Timothy
RENEGADES FOREVA growing up, rap, slam,Free verseRichards, Andy