Congratulations to San Diego Poetry Slam, the 2017 National Poetry Slam Champions!

The San Diego Poetry Slam isn’t new to championships, with two of its members (Javon Johnson and Rudy Francisco) holding national and International poetry slam titles. In 2016, San Diego Poetry Slam came close to victory, making it all the way to finals at the National Poetry Slam and coming in second to Baltimore’s Slammageddon team. This year, the venue’s five-member team – Chrissy Croft, Rudy Francisco, Natasha Hooper, Javon Johnson, and Viet Mai – competed against 79 other teams and returned home as champions!

Javon Johnson, Natasha Hooper, and Rudy Francisco of San Diego Poetry Slam

Over five nights of competition, 80 teams from throughout the United States and Canada and one team from Australia sent their best work to stages in venues all over Five Points Historic Cultural District and downtown Denver. The event culminated in the top four teams – Brooklyn Slam, Da Poetry Lounge (Los Angeles, CA), House Slam (Boston, MA), and San Diego Poetry Slam – competing for the championship title on Saturday, August 12, 2017 to a packed house at the Paramount Theatre.

Roya Marsh and Paul Tran of Brooklyn Poetry Slam
Da Poetry Lounge of Los Angeles
House Slam of Boston, MA

2017’s Group Piece Finals Champions are dada slam from Delray Beach, Florida!

Facing twelve other teams in the National Poetry Slam’s Group Piece Finals competition, dada slam emerged the winners! Congratulations to Eccentrich, Nathaniel Hopwood, Veronica Mentor, and HeRo, as well as their coach, Terese “Chunky” Hill!

Group Piece Finals became a part of the National Poetry Slam in 2008, in an effort to recognize and celebrate the highest-scoring group pieces from the preliminary bouts. This year, the teams competing included ABQ Slams (the 2016 Champions from Albuquerque, New Mexico), Boise Poetry Slam, Boston Poetry Slam, dada slam (Delray Beach, FL), Eclectic Truth (Baton Rouge, LA), KTown Mic Drop (Killeen, TX), PuroSlam (San Antonio, TX), Rain City Slam (Seattle, WA), Salt City Slam (Salt Lake City, UT), SlamCharlotte (Charlotte, NC), Steel City Slam (Pittsburgh, PA), Toronto Poetry Slam, and The Writer’s Den (Richmond, VA).