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Schedule for IWPS2006

Wednesday, February 1 Breakfast Club
5 pm- 7 pm Early Registration
7 pm - 8 pm Meet and Greet
7 pm - 8 pm Volunteer Meeting
8 pm - 10 pm Wild Card Slam
10 pm - until Open Mic

Thursday, February 2 at Spirit Square
10 am- 12 noon Registration
1 pm - 2 pm Opening Ceremonies and Bout Draw
1 pm - 2 pm Volunteer Meeting
2 pm - 3 pm Volunteer Slam
3 pm - 4 pm Workshop "Stage to the Page" (Publishing) Kimberly Simms
4 pm - 5 pm Sacrifice Slam
8 pm - 9:15 pm Preliminary Bouts #1-3
9:15 pm - 10:30 pm Preliminary Bouts #4-6

Friday, February 3 at Spirit Square
1 pm - 2 pm Men's Reading
2 pm - 3 pm Women's Reading
3 pm - 4 pm Haiku Slam
4 pm - 5 pm Hip Hop Reading
8 pm - 9:15 pm Preliminary Bouts #7-9
9:15 pm - 10:30 pm Preliminary Bouts #10-12
10:30 pm - until Erotic Reading/Anything Goes at Wine-Up (36th/Davidson)

Saturday, February 4 at Spirit Square
11 am - 12 pm Workshop: Taking Care of Your Voice, Tiffany Moore
2 pm - 3 pm Props Slam
3 pm - 4 pm Cover Slam
4 pm - 5 pm Shorty Slam
7 pm - 10 pm Finals
10 pm - until After Party - Venue TBD

Scores Thur Night

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February 1st - 4th, 2006. Downtown Charlotte
Venues: The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Downtown Charlotte ($89.00)

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Registration. Format. Volunteer.

Poetry Slam Inc. and Slam Charlotte present this three day poetry slam festival centered around a lyrical battle for the World Poetry Slam Crown. The three day event will bring world acclaimed feature performers, poetry and performance workshops, specialty slams and open mics, as well as events for youth to Charlotte's Spirit Square.

Over 60 contenders from possible cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, Miami and beyond will slug it out in two days of preliminaries, culminating in a final clash of the top twelve on the main stage at Spirit Square.


Charlotte Center City
230 North College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Group Booking under POETRY SLAM.
$89.00 PLUS 13.5% TAX. Free weekend parking.

Call the hotel directly and talk to Trina. 704-335-5400 ext 459

Poet Registration.

Poets can register at Poetry Slam Inc.'s website. PSI registered venue's get priority in sending poets, but after January 1st - all are welcome to sign-up. All poets must be members of Poetry Slam Inc ($15) and pay the $100 registration fee. Please follow the link to Poetry Slam's online store and then scroll to the bottom to pay the fee - then fill out the form. Click Here.

Applications will be processed on a First Come-First Served basis. Strictly limited to 50 representatives of Certified Venues and 10 "venueless" Storm Poets. Registration is $100. Thanks! (Don't forget you have to be a member of PSI to participate.)

Questions! - Check out our Yahoo Group World Poetry Championship - see button to left.


Two nights of prelims, one night of finals. Three venues for two bouts each on prelims. Each bout is 10 poets performing twice. Unlike NPS, the time limits for performances vary, one night they do a one minute poem in one round and a four minute poem in the other, the other prelim night they do a two minute poem in one round and a three minute poem in the other.

Each bout is one calibration poet, ten poets in order, then the same ten poets order by their score from the first round, high to low (e.g. The highest scoring poet in the first round would go first in the second round). Each bout works out to about 70 minutes. Figure 75 plus a 15 minute changeover and that should let you know the total time you are looking at.

Finals are the top 12 poets and the 13th poet as calibration poet.. All poems are three minute poems. Calibration poet reads, all twelve finalists read one poem, top seven read one more poem, top four read one more poem. Clean slate each round. Best score in the final round wins.


Email Stacey "Inkera" Williams to sign-up to volunteer Committee meetings are currently held bi-monthly. In addition to organizing the festival, volunteers are needed to help take tickets, set-up events, manage merchandise etc.


Grand Champion - $1200.00, and a CD or book deal with the Wordsmith Press.
Second place - $600.00
Third place - $300.00
Fourth place - $200.00


In April 2003, Poetry Slam Inc. ( voted to start a new event - the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship - and in February 2004 - Greenville, South Carolina held the first annual event with huge success. Buddy Wakefield took the crown a second time at iWPS 2005 in Worcester, MA in 2005.

Poetry Slam was invented by poet and construction worker Marc Smith in 1984 to infuse life back into a dwindling poetry scene. Since then performance poetry has spread like wildfire across the country and has crossed over into mainstream media with shows such as Def Poetry Jam. In 1990 the National Poetry Slam was started by Marc Smith bringing teams of poets from across the country together for head-to-head poetic battle.

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