Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry, invented in the 1980s by Marc Smith, a Chicago construction worker. Poets perform their own work and are judged Olympic-style by randomly selected members of the audience.
What’s the difference between an open mic and a poetry slam?*
Open mic performers have one stage opportunity to earn a round of applause. Slammers perform original poems in a scored competition, judged by 5 randomly-chosen audience members. In elimination bouts, the highest scoring poets proceed to a second, and sometimes a third round, in hopes of earning a prize.
-A three-round, elimination bout!
-So ... be prepared with three original poems.
-A three-minute time limit applies to all poems.
-Slammers may perform from memory or with the manuscript in hand.
- Winner will receive a surprise prize!
*from the Boston Poetry Slam Website
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Geof Hewitt author of 4 books of poems and Vermont's reigning poetry slam champion, offers readings of his poems, serves as slammaster/host for school and community-wide poetry slams, and leads writing workshops for all ages above third grade.