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Department of Languages and Literatures

English Club Sponsors Poetry Slam

poetry slamIt's a performance poetry competition featuring UNI students (with a $50 gift card for the the first place reader). Poets needed on Thursday, February 6 in Bartlett 1017 @ 7 p.m. Click here for more information.




Yes, a poetry slam is happening on Thursday, February 6 in Bartlett 1017 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the English Club


What’s a Poetry Slam?

It’s a poetry competition where poets perform their original work.  Like in March Madness, poets read off against one another with the winner proceeding to the next round.  The winner of this slam will win a $50 gift card.  The top three finishers get gift cards and all eight poets will receive a selection of poetry books donated by Final Thursday Press.


Aside from the competition, what makes this difference than a regular poetry reading?

Poetry slams embrace performance.  Some poets memorize their poems, other read dramatically, others shamelessly appeal to the crowd for support.


How does the judging happen?  What are the rules?

Three members will be chosen from the audience to judge performances on a 1-10 scale.  Scores will be averaged, with the winner proceeding to the next round.  Each poem must be written by the performer and must be read in less than three (3) minutes.  No props, costumes, or musical instruments.


Okay, so what does this have to do with me?

We need eight (8) poets to perform to have a full slate for the slam.  If you’ve read this far, you should consider participating in this great event!


I’m intrigued.  What do I do next?


Contact Amanda at to reserve your slot in the slam.  This is a great chance to perform your work in front of a friendly audience.