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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
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
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
Second place - $600.00
Third place - $300.00
Fourth place - $200.00
In April 2003, Poetry Slam Inc. (www.poetryslam.com) 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.