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Women of the World Poetry Slam coming to Dallas, Texas!

We are so excited to kick off our first event of 2017 in Dallas, Texas!

Every year, 96 women travel from around the U.S., Canada, and overseas to descend upon one city to battle for the title of Women of the World Slam Poetry Champion.  In 2017, Dallas, Texas has been selected to host the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) in its tenth year. The event is scheduled to be held March 15-18, 2017.

Dallas has one of the most thriving slam poetry scenes in the nation, and is home to many incredible poets!

The Women of the World Poetry Slam is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best female-identified poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The 14 poets with the top scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties.  Competition at WOWps is limited to poets who live their lives as women, which includes female assigned or identified individuals who are 18+ or 21+ years of age (depending on the Host City). This includes gender non-conforming individuals.

Previous winners include Andrea Gibson (2008), Rachel McKibbens (2009), Eboni Hogan (2010), Theresa Davis (2011), Dominique Christina (2012 & 2014), Denice Frohman (2013), Janae Johnson (2015), and our reigning co-Champions of 2016, Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud.

Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US, and the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States.  We are THRILLED to become a part of the thriving arts scene with this event!  To learn more about how to participate, partner with us, or buy tickets, visit our website!

Congratulations to Ed Mabrey, the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion

Ed Mabrey is the current Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, having won the title a record-setting FOUR TIMES in his poetry career (2007, 2012, 2013, and 2016).  He was the first person of color to win the title and continues to be a trailblazer, consistently raising the bar and setting new and ambitious standards for this performance art form.

While currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Ed is currently touring nationally performing poetry and conducting workshops as a solo artist, and can also be seen on Season 3 of Verses and Flow and online at HBO’s All Def Digital.

 

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Here is Ed performing Libretto of the Opera: Death of a Black Boy at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Finals.

 

Congratulations to the poets who made it all the way to Finals at the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam Finals:

Emi Mahmoud
Akeem Olaj
Freequency
Ashlee Haze
Toaster
Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Steven Willis
Christopher Michael
Ebo Barton
Jozer
Ed Mabrey
Rage Almighty
Johnny Osi
Patrick Roche

2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam

When
March 15-19, 2017
Where
Dallas, TX
Official Site
http://wowps2017.com

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps is a performance poetry tournament designed for individual competition, where poets will perform four poems of varying lengths during preliminary bouts. Taking place March 15th – 19th, the top poets will go on to finals to compete for the title of, The 2017 Women of the World Champion!

NPS Baltimore Trophy

Congratulations Team Slammageddon 2016 National Poetry Slam Champions

Congratulations to every team, to every poet that participated in the 27th Annual National Poetry Slam (NPS) in Decatur, Georgia! Your work was INCREDIBLE.

Congratulations to our newly crowned National Poetry Slam Champions, Team Slammageddon from Baltimore, MD!!

Team Slammageddon: The poets pictured below are Slangston Hughes, Lady Brion, Kenneth Something, Black Chakra, and Grim Jackson with their coach, Lamar Hill.

photo credit: Adam Rubenstein

See more photos of NPS 2016 here

 

2017 National Poetry Slam

When
August 07-12, 2017
Where
Denver, CO
Official Site
http://npsdenver.com

The National Poetry Slam 2017 will be held August 7-12 in Denver, Colorado.

The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, converge in a different city every summer for five days of poetry, revelry and competition.

Registration opens (Certified Venues): 1st Monday in April
Registration opens (Registered Venues): 1st Monday in May
Registration closes: June 1
Last day to declare under 21 team at NPS (if NPS is 18+ that year): July 1

Last day to cancel and receive any refund for NPS: 45+ days out =100% refund, 30+ days out = 50% refund, 29 days out =0% refund of tournament fees but not memberships dues.

NPS FAQ

Can anyone send a team to NPS?
Not exactly. Teams come from Certified Poetry Slam Venues only. See the FAQ on Certification and Registration.

How do I register our Certified team?

Be certain your Poetry Slam Venue has paid its certification fee for the current year.
Be certain your SlamMaster’s membership in PSi is current.
The order by which teams are admitted is determined by a system called 2 Wins and You’re In.
Pay your team application fee. Payment can be accomplished through this site.
By the time you arrive at NPS, all poets on your team must be members of PSi.

Can an individual compete at NPS?

No. Please see the IWPS FAQ Page for information on the Individual World Poetry Slam.

How do you decide which teams get in?

The order by which teams are admitted is determined by a system called 2 Wins and You’re In. The window for registration
closes on June 1 or whenever we reach the maximum number of teams we can accommodate. The limit is set based on how many teams the host city can accommodate.

Can I withdraw our team and get our money back?

Yes, but withdrawals must be accomplished before June 1 to get a full refund. After June 1 but before June 30 you can get a 50% refund. After July 1, no refunds are available.

How many poets on a team?

Teams must have 4 or 5 poets. Each team is guaranteed two preliminary bouts. Each bout has four rounds. A team is not required to put all team members on stage in either of their preliminary or subsequent semi-final or final night appearances, but a different primary author must be represented in each round.

Is there a waiting list?

If we have reached the maximum number of teams before a team registers, we will open a waiting list. If teams withdraw from NPS, we will bring teams off the waiting list in the order they were placed on the waiting list.

If I’m on the waiting list, can I still get my application fee back?

Yes, if you elect to stay on the waiting list, even until the bitter end, and your team is not admitted to NPS, you will recieve a full refund of your application fee.  PSi membership dues are not refundable.

How much does it cost to register a team?

4 passes: $425
5 passes: $500
6 passes: $575
7 passes: $650

 

2016 Individual World Poetry Slam

When
October 12-15, 2016
Where
Flagstaff, AZ
Official Site
iwps.poetryslam.com

The Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) is a four day poetry festival, bringing together 96 of the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world, to compete for the championship title. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Individual World Poetry Slam, visit the PSi website.

When: October 12 – October 15, 2016

Where: Flagstaff, AZ.

Get more festival information at the official site iwps.poetryslam.com.

General questions about the iWPS event? Email: info@iwps.poetryslam.com

Questions about competing or participating in iWPS? Contact executivedirector@poetryslam.com

Congratulations to our Newly Crowned WOWps Co-Champions, Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud!

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016 co-champions, Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud in Brooklyn, New York
Women of the World Poetry Slam 2016 co-champions, Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud in Brooklyn, New York

For the first time in the history of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, we have two poets that tied for first place!
Congratulations to Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud for bringing their poems from their homes into our hearts and sharing the first place title.

A little more about our champions:
Imani Cezanne
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Imani Cezanne is a passionate poet, workshop facilitator, community organizer and slam coach. She just recently returned home from taking 2nd place at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas.

In the past four years Imani Cezanne has been on four National Poetry Slam teams (San Diego (2), Oakland and Da Poetry Lounge), three of which placed in the top six at the National Poetry Slam. Last season, along with two of her team members, she was invited to perform on the TV One network’s Verses and Flow, a cable television show dedicated to showcasing performance poets from around the country, all while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. Imani has continued to grow as an artist while working with some of the country’s leading poets including Rudy Francisco, Ant Black, and Natasha Miller and been coached by San Diego’s Chris Wilson (San Diego Slam Team) and Da Poetry Lounge’s Shihan Van Clief (Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team).

Imani is also the founding President of S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds), San Francisco State University’s first poetry-centered organization. She organized and hosted S.P.E.A.K.’s bi-monthly open mics which has showcased nationally known artists such as Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Marshall Jones and more. She facilitates their monthly writing workshops and coached SFSU’s first ever poetry slam team to 5th in the nation at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational this year.

Emi Mahmoud
A poet and activist originating from the war-town region of Darfur, Emi Mahmoud is the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion of 2015—the number one poet in the world this year. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies Anthropology and Molecular Biology at Yale in the hopes of one day alleviating structural disparities on maternal and child health in disadvantaged communities the world over. Outside of academics, Emi is involved in the Yale Refugee Project, contributes to an international research initiative, and teaches spoken word poetry on campus and through ConnCAT in order to empower youth with the power of voice in various communities. In recent years, Emi has participated in and co-coached the Yale CUPSI slam team. As a child and adolescent, Emi was a public speaker presenting poetry across the country as part of the Darfur Alert Coalition and raising awareness and aid to address the often blood-relative victims of genocide in Darfur, her homeland. A member of the Loser Slam NPS 2015 National team and 2015 World Champion, Emi has and continues to collaborate with various artists in an attempt to use poetry and other art forms to celebrate the full extent of human expression.

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2016 National Poetry Slam

When
August 01-06, 2016
Where
Decatur, GA

8/1/2016 to 8/6/2016

This is the application for all teams wishing to compete in the 2016 National Poetry Slam.

The National Poetry Slam (NPS) is the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Teams from all over North America, and a few from other places, will converge in Decatur, Georgia August 1 – 6, 2016 for a week of poetry, revelry and competition.

*In order to apply, you must be a PSi Certified or Registered team. A $100 deposit can be paid now and the remaining balance must be paid by June 1st or your team will be replaced by a paid-in-full venue. Teams will be admitted to NPS based on their Win and You’re In rankings and your attendance/representation at the Spring SlamMaster meeting.

Certified venues may apply now.

Registered venues will be allowed to apply for NPS on May 4th. (You may pay now, but your name goes onto a waiting list until May 4th).

Baseline registration is $425, which guarantees four (4) passes. Each additional pass is an additional $75, up to seven (7) passes. Thus, registration fees are as follows:

4 passes – $425
5 passes – $500
6 passes – $575
7 passes – $650

General Registration Open:
04/05/2015 – 10:00pm

Registration Closes:
05/31/2015 – 10:01pm

Registration Price:
$425.00

The 2016 Brenda Moossy Online Video Slam

The 2016 Brenda Moossy Online Video Slam is now open for entries!  The winner of this online slam will receive free registration for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

The winner of this online slam will receive free registration for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Here are the rules:

  1. All entrants must be at least 18 and live their lives as women. Poets who are currently on the waitlist for WOWPS may enter, but those who are already on the roster of competing poets may not.
  2. Videos must be of the poet performing one of her original poems and must be no longer than 3 minutes 10 seconds.
  3. Entrants should use the submission page to submit their videos by February 1, 2016. Voting will end on February 12, 2016.
  4. All video entries will be displayed on the website. Entrants and supporters are more than welcome to link to the entries and encourage people to vote.
  5. Anyone may vote once for their favorite poem.

Any questions? Feel free to e-mail any questions to executivedirector [at] poetryslam.com.

In honor of Brenda Moossy

Brenda J. Moossy, a first generation American of Lebanese descent, was born and raised in East Texas during the ’50s and ’60s. She fled her small town after high school graduation to Austin, Texas during The Summer of Love, 1967. After flunking out of the University of Texas three times (the streets were far more interesting than the classrooms), and after deciding that The Revolution or Global Destruction was imminent, she packed her gear in the back of an old Econoline Van and headed for the Ozark Mountains. When a stint at the Blunderosa Commune proved weirder than she could bear, she reluctantly moved to “town.”

She lived most of her adult life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she decided to “git serious” and go back to school. She became a nurse specializing in HIV disease. She felt her work impacted her world view and her writing. She was a founding and active member of the Ozark Poetry Collective, which has grown to become the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective.

Brenda had four limited edition chapbooks and in early 2009 co-produced an audio entitled Ozark Women Poets – Snake Dreams. She published in small literary journals, gave numerous public readings including appearances at the Cantab Lounge in Boston, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and The Knitting Factory in New York City, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, and Cody’s Books Poetry Flash Reading Series in Berkeley. A member of the Ozarks Team to the 1995 National Poetry Slam, she also conducted classes and workshops on the craft of poetry to young writers in the Arkansas and New Jersey schools. She was the proud parent of one child, Peter, who is also a poet.

January 21, 1949 – January 29, 2009

2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam

When
March 09-12, 2016
Where
Brooklyn, NY
Official Site
wowps2016.com

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best women poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public. Information on event tickets and festival passes coming soon. For more detailed information regarding the structure and rules of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, visit the FAQ.

When: Wednesday March 9 – Saturday March 12, 2016
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Registration Fee: $ 150.00
Registration timeline:

Monday, December 14: Registration opens to representatives of PSi-Certified and Registered Venues and the Previous Year’s Champion, should they decide to return and defend their title.*
Friday, January 1: Registration opens to “Storm” Poets (those unaffiliated with a PSi-Certified venue).
Friday, January 15: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST

Registration Details:

Each participant receives a complimentary all-event pass and other perks of participation.

Competition at WOWPS is limited to poets who live their lives as women. Qualified poets include female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ years of age, including gender non-conforming individuals.  All competing poets must be over 18 and individual members of Poetry Slam, Inc. If you are not yet a member become one now. If you are already a member please login to submit your application.  Please note, the application to enter the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition does not guarantee a spot in the tournament.

Up to 96 poets may compete at WOWPS. The first 72 slots are reserved for representatives of PSi-Certified Venues, followed by representatives of PSi-Registered Venues. PSi-Certified and PSi-Registered Venues must submit WOWPS applications before registration opens to Storm Poets on January 1 in order to receive one of these 72 slots.

Storm poets will be selected using the following method:

1. Last Chance Slam Winner (The Last Chance Slam takes place on Wednesday, March 9 at WOWps)

2. Champion from previous year (If this poet has not registered by the last day of venue registration, this slot become part of the random draw slots)

3. 5 slots shall be reserved for poets from outside the United States and Canada on a first come, first served basis (If these slots are not filled by the last day of venue registration, these slots become part of the random draw slots)

4. Remaining slots shall be filled by random draw (Random draw shall occur no more than 3 days after registration closes.)

*Certified venues have the first right to register, and as many as 72 certified venues can register their rep before the registration opens up to storm poets. Should more than 72 certified venues register a representative, the first 72 will be guaranteed spots, and the remaining certified venues will be considered with the “Storm” poets and registered venues. Once registration opens up for storm poets, the storm poets, the registered venues, and the certified venue reps that came in after the venue deadline are entered into the draw for spots. If more people register than there are available spots, the spots are awarded by random draw, which will be conducted the weekend after registration closes.

To find a certified poetry slam venue near you visit PSi’s Slam List.
For more information visit the official site wowps2016.com.
General inquiries about the WOWps event can be submitted here: http://wowps2016.com/wowps-bk/contact/
For questions about competing or participating in WOWps email executivedirector@poetryslam.com.

 

There will be one spot reserved for the winner of the Brenda Moossy Video Slam!  Details about that can be found here