The 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 to Saturday, October 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. 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,…
As we wrap up 2017, we would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your support of Poetry Slam, Inc.! At Poetry Slam, Inc., we believe that every voice is valuable, and your support allows us to continually provide a platform for some of our generation’s most gifted writers and performers.
Poetry Slam, Inc. is a grassroots organization. We carry out our mission with the support of one employee, a handful of contractors, and hundreds of amazing volunteers. We literally could not do this work without the direct contributions of our community. To our beloved poets, members, sponsors, friends, subscribers, supporters, audience members, we thank you for your support! Your contributions help us continue in our mission to promote the creation and performance of poetry that engages communities and provides a platform for voices to be heard beyond social, cultural, political, and economic barriers.
Our year end report for the 2016-17 season is available here.
Again, thank you being a part of the Poetry Slam, Inc. family.
Arvind Nandakumar (he/him) is an Indian-something immigrant who has lived in Canada, Australia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the US. He is currently at UC Berkeley studying Microbial Biology. Arvind is a child of Forward Arts located in Baton Rouge Louisiana, and has competed at the International Brave New Voices Festival in 2015 (Representing Baton Rouge), and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 (representing UC Berkeley). His work tackles issues of mental health and focuses on his lived experiences as a poet of color on the autism spectrum.
Arvind Nandakumar made it into #iWPS2017 by being the runner-up in the Last Chance Slam, and made his way all the way to finals! Finals was an incredible show, with Arvind Nandakumar and Anthony McPherson tying in the third round and heading into a tie-breaker, where they tied AGAIN! It was a magnificent show, and Arvind emerged the new Individual World Poetry Slam Champion!
Anthony McPherson resides in New York City. His biracial poetry intertwines various art forms, as well as a myriad of character impressions. He ranked 13th at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2015, and garnered the attention of Button Poetry, Huffington Post and Upworthy. You can see him perform in an upcoming Lions Gate film (title to be announced). He is a Nuyorican Grand Slam poet, and an Urban Word alum. Anthony represents those who left home far behind to make it, and those who will go far enough to find themselves – their best selves.
Final Standings are available here on our website, if you would like to see where everyone came in!
We look forward to seeing more of you and hearing more incredible work from all of these talented poets in 2018! Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel for video, where we have partnered with SlamFind to provide coverage of our events, and keep an eye our website for information on upcoming events!
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March 14-17, the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam is making its triumphant return to DALLAS, TEXAS! Early bird tickets are ON SALE NOW! Learn more about registration, tickets, and volunteering at wow.poetryslam.com
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!
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.
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).
The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) 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…
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…
Congratulations to Troy Cunio, the winner of our first-ever National Poetry Month Online Slam!!!
Watch the winning poem here:
Troy Kody Cunio lives in Orlando sometimes. His work has been published in Voicemail Poems, NYSAI, The Literary Bohemian, The Beech Street Review, In Between Hangovers, Revista Literaria Centroamericana, and others. He tours extensively and has performed at slams, open mics, dance parties, punk shows, art museums, streetcorners, and messy breakups all over the country. He is the uneditor of the Rejected Lit journal.
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!
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!
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,…