In celebration of National Poetry Month, up to 12 poets will take the stage for a Poetry Slam on April 30 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in the Student Lounge, C1130 on campus. Judges will be selected from the audience and scores will be used to determine who advances in the competition. Prizes are awarded to top-performing participants.
Inspired by poetry bouts/battles seen around the city of Chicago in the early '80s, the poetry slam has evolved into an international movement showcasing a new way for live audiences to experience poetry and a new way for poets to perform poetry on stage. Slams are popular events in nightclubs, cultural institutions, libraries, and school campuses across the world.
Rules vary from slam to slam. The April 30 slam will adhere to the following:
- Poets must be prepared to perform 3 poems, one of which must be original work. Memorization not required.
- Each poet gets five minutes (and a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. Points will be deducted for going over time.
- No props, costumes, or musical instruments allowed.
- Top-scoring poets each round will continue on to the next round until a winner is named.
Instructor of Communication Matthew Weibel and Adjunct Instructor of English Bear Wolf will co-host the event. Slots for performers are still open. The event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to participate in the slam.
Those interested in competing must register with Ami Irmen at email@example.com or at 815-825-9378.