May 5 2012

Theme Slams in June and July


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.

May 4 2012

Team Selection Slam Results (April 27)


Last night was our final slam of the season. And we chose our 2012-13 Art Amok slam team! It was a wild night. Thanks to everyone who came out. We held a three round slam, and the results are in the following table. Poets highlighted in blue will represent Art Amok in Charlotte, NC come August. Congratulations!

Name Total Score
Samuel Eddie 86.3
Hillary 85.9
Marshall 85.7
Gabe 85.2
Shyla 84.8
Malika 84.6
Zero 83.8
Theresa Davis 83.7
Oak Morse 27.0
Molly 26.2

Thank you to everyone who came out all season long, and congratulations to our new slam team. Even though no points will be awarded, please come out during the remainder of the spring and the summer for more open mics and slams. Our next one will be on May 11. Same place as always: In Tune Music Studio. See you then!

May 3 2012

Time to Run Amok!


It’s true. The people have spoken. The poets have been chosen. Let the poetry run Amok!

The 2012 slam team was selected at our April 27 slam. And while we’re not quite ready to introduce them yet, we can promise you, it’s an excellent crew of poets. They’ll be doing poems all over town this summer, and you can always check this site to find out what they’re up to. All the dates will appear on the calendar.

First up, you can find the team on Ustream (and this website) later this month, broadcasting the 2nd Annual 24 Hour Poetry Reading. That’s right, 24 hours of poetry delivered directly to your face for absolutely free! Does that seem absurd? Do you feel guilty about indulging in 24 hours of free poetry? Well, we’ll also have a nice little “donation” button so that you can relieve your guilt. All the money we raise during the 24 hour slam will support the team’s trip to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte at the end of the summer. Stay tuned, and don’t miss the poetry that will rock your summer!