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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!

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

 

Baltimore’s Team Slammageddon wins the 2016 National Poetry Slam!

From August 2 – 6, 2016, hundreds of poets from all over North America converged for the 27th Annual National Poetry Slam in Decatur Georgia.  With 72 different teams representing their cities, the National Poetry Slam is the world’s largest performance poetry competition.  After scoring well in preliminary bouts and winning their semi-finals bout, Team Slammageddon went on to Finals along with San Diego Slam, Boston’s House Slam, and Austin’s NeoSoul Slam teams to become the newly crowned National Poetry Slam Champions!

NPS Baltimore Trophy
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

 

Tickets for the Individual World Poetry Slam are ON SALE NOW!!!

The Individual World Poetry Slam will be held October 12-15, 2016 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

To learn more about the event, visit iwps.poetryslam.com

Tickets can be purchased here:

All Event Passes: https://iwps.eventbrite.com

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

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

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