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The 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam is a wrap!

The 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion is Arvind Nandakumar!

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!

2017 iWPS Champion, Arvind Nandakumar

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.

 

2017 iWPS Runner-Up, Anthony McPherson

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

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!

Mark Your Calendars!
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

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).

2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam

When
March 14-17, 2018
Where
Dallas, TX
Official Site
www.wowps2018.com
Registration
poetryslam.com/members/tournament/2018-women-world-poetry-slam

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…
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2017 Individual World Poetry Slam

When
October 11-14, 2017
Where
Spokane, Washington
Official Site
iwps.poetryslam.com
Registration
poetryslam.com/members/tournament/2017-individual-world-poetry-slam

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…
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Congratulations to Troy Cunio, the winner of our first-ever National Poetry Month Online Slam

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.

Troy Cunio, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Month Online Slam

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!

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

 

2017 National Poetry Slam

When
August 07-12, 2017
Where
Denver, CO
Official Site
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,…
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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…
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