On the first of July, WNPS will hold a poetry slam!
Slam, for the curious, is a competitive poetry reading where judges, chosen at random from the audience, judge the performances & poems Olympic style – with a mark of 0 to 10. Each poem must be performed in three minutes or less, and must be the original work of the poet. Though poets may sing, humm, stamp and make weird noises during their performance – NO “PROPS” (objects or instruments, etc ) maybe used. Several rounds may be needed to determine a victor depending on how many poets compete. However ALL participants in a slam win because they have had the courage to share their poems in a rowdy and fun environment in the service of POETRY! Slam Judges are supposed to give equal weight to the quality of the poem AND to the quality of the performance. The Audience is allowed to BOO the judges!
Slam was invented in Chicago by Marc Kelly Smith (“SO WHAT!”) at the Green Mill – a bar! The goal was to put poetry forward in way that was fun – rather than the sedate perhaps over-dignified type readings that appealed to quieter souls. That was over a decade ago and now there is a National Slam organization and a National Slam held every year at a different part of the country. The movement has spawned several movies, an entire Youth Slam movement and many touring groups including Def Poetry Jam, etc etc.
For those not wishing to compete – an regular open myk will be held before the slam.
SLAM MASTER/MISTRESS of the evening is…
You can sign up at the venue for either the open myk or the slam. Sign up begins around 7:45 pm.