This summer, we’re switching it up. We’ll still be holding the regular open mic on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of June and July, but our slams will be a little different. For each slam, bring two poems that fit within the rules of the theme.
Friday, June 6: Cover Slam
Bring two poems by any poet, dead or alive. The poems cannot be written by you! You do not have to use slam poems–you can use any poet you choose. Judging will be based on the poem and the performance.
Friday, June 22: Iron Poet Slam
Borrowing from a much-loved tradition at the Seattle Poetry Slam, each of the three rounds will have a special challenge. You only need to bring 2 poems, but be prepared! Anything could happen. Judging will be based on the poem, performance, and adherence to the challenge.
Friday, July 13: Sock Puppet Slam
In order to compete in this slam, you must have a decorated sock on one arm. Don’t have any socks? We’ll provide you with a sock and decorations for $5 or less. Don’t want to compete? You can still make a sock puppet, for your own hand’s pleasure. Judging will be based on the poem, performance, and puppet.
Friday, July 27: Box of Doom Slam
Ever wondered what would happen if Lady Gaga was a slam poet? What if “YMCA” was a poem? This slam is for you! You don’t need to bring any poems, because poets will draw poems, songs, and text from the Box of Doom. Poets must perform the poem as if it was their best slam poem. Judging based on performance.
All the slams happen at In Tune Music Studio in Grant Park; free street parking available. Doors open at 7:30pm, the shows begin at 8:00.$5 donation at the door. Money supports the slam team’s trip to compete at the National Poetry Slam in August.