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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!

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

 

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,…
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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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2016 National Poetry Slam

When
August 01-06, 2016
Where
Decatur, GA

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 Oakland, CA, August 10-15, 2015 for a week of poetry, revelry and competition.

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…
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