Welcome to the 28th Annual National Poetry Slam Denver, CO

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Welcome to Denver

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Poetry Slam, Inc.

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PSi Staff & Executive Council

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Host City Staff

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Photography, Video and Audio Recording at the National Poetry Slam

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How NPS Works

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Getting Around Denver

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Venues

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Festival Event Schedule

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Competition Schedule

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Sponsors & Partners

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Thank You

Welcome to the 28th Annual National Poetry Slam
Denver, CO

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Thank you for joining us for the 2017 National Poetry Slam (NPS), the world’s largest spoken word festival! While Denver is home to two certified poetry slam venues and many slam poetry champions, this is the first time that NPS will be hosted in the Mile High City. We are also honored to have been chosen as an anchor city for the festival, which will return in five years! Denver has long been home to a thriving poetry community, however, we are certainly excited and incredibly grateful to have all of you gathering in our beautiful city for the 28th Annual National Poetry Slam!

To the poets and staff, and especially to the volunteers who have invested your time, energy, ideas, and love into this event, we say thank you – sincerely! A special thanks is also due to our partners at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Denver Arts & Venues, in addition to so many of our generous friends, sponsors, and the city of Denver.

This week will be filled with breath-taking moments, from the open mics to the workshops, and of course, the slam competitions! May you be inspired at every step. May the mountains cradle you and give you strength. I hope you have a wonderful time while you are here. We are so glad that you came, and should you ever get lost, remember: the mountains are in the West!

Danielle Brooks & Mary McDonough
Host City Chairs, 2017 National Poetry Slam

Welcome to Denver

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August 7, 2017
National Poetry Slam

Greetings:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the “Mile High City” for the 28th Annual National Poetry Slam. We are honored and delighted that Denver was chosen to host this exciting event.

For the next several days, hundreds of poets and thousands of spectators will come together for the world’s largest poetry slam event. Poets will have an opportunity to express their creative voice in an environment open to hearing their views on the state of humanity, culture, politics, economics and more. This unique form of artistic expression will be on display for the enjoyment and enlightenment of all.

During your stay, we hope you will have an opportunity to take advantage of some amenities that Denver has to offer. Our downtown is one of the nation’s most walkable, and boasts a variety of attractions, including the nation’s second largest performing arts complex, three art museums, three sports stadiums, a U.S. Mint and more than 300 restaurants.

Getting around the city is easy, too. You have a choice of 500 rental bikes available at 30 downtown stations, a free hybrid shuttle along the 16th Street pedestrian mall, and FasTracks – the nation’s largest light rail system with 120 miles of track.

Best wishes for a creative and productive event that will benefit all who participate, and enjoy your stay in Denver!

Respectfully,
Michael B. Hancock
Mayor

Poetry Slam, Inc.

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The mission of Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSi) is to promote the creation and performance of poetry that engages communities and provides a platform for voices to be heard beyond social, cultural, political, and economic barriers.

PSi exists to celebrate the power of the voice. PSi is an arts organization that works to provide a platform for voices to be heard beyond social, cultural, political, and economic barriers. One of the objectives of Poetry Slam, Inc., is the achievement of building a healthy community that welcomes and embraces the voices of people from all races, colors, genders, sexual orientations, lifestyles, classes, national origins, religions, ethnicities, ages, and abilities. Further, PSi strives to promote networking amongst poets and poetry slam organizers locally, nationally, and Internationally.

PSi teaches and is committed to the principle that dignity, self-esteem, and respect are inalienable rights of every individual. Each member shares the responsibility of preserving the rights of all members and guests in the poetry slam community. PSi charges its members to live up to the expectations of our community and to exemplify the ideals of leadership, friendship, and justice when engaging with others in the poetry slam community, and to hold one another accountable to these expectations.

We exist to give voice to every poem, every passion, and every pressing issue that urgently needs a place for expression, and we endeavor to so build ourselves that we will ever be a credit to PSi and to the art form that is slam poetry. We challenge our members to use their art to inspire courage, hope, creativity and self-empowerment within their communities. We encourage spirited and free speech, both from the performing poets and from the audiences. We charge all of our members with the responsibility to respect other individual’s rights, just as we wish our own to be respected.

PSi Staff & Executive Council

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PSi Staff

  • Maureen Benson, National Poetry Slam Event Coordinator
  • Mahogany L. Browne, Women of the World Poetry Slam Event Coordinator
  • Geoffrey Jarok, CPA, Financial Manager
  • Inkera Oshun, Individual World Poetry Slam Event Coordinator (through 2017)
  • JohnnyOsi, Website Administrator
  • Suzi Q. Smith, Executive Director
  • Candy Zantea, Individual World Poetry Slam Event Coordinator (2018 and beyond)

PSi Executive Council

  • Christopher Michael, President
  • Jesse Parent, Vice President
  • Ashlee Haze, Treasurer
  • Janae Johnson, Secretary
  • Deonte Osayande, Trustee
  • John Quiñonez, Trustee
  • Cecily Schuler, Trustee

Host City Staff

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  • Danielle Brooks & Mary McDonough, Host City Co-Chairs
  • Mallory Everhart, Side Events Coordinator
  • Elnora Fuentes, Social Media Coordinator
  • Jill Karno, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
  • Piper Mullins, Volunteer Coordinator
  • JohnnyOsi, Website Administrator / Graphic Designer
  • Angela Nicole & Kyle Sutherland, Street Team Co-Coordinators
  • Morgynne Tora, Logistics Coordinator
  • Ali Watkins, Graphic Design Intern

Photography, Video and Audio Recording
at the National Poetry Slam

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We love great pictures! However, the point of this event is the poetry and the performances. If you’re interested in taking pictures at NPS 2017, there are a few things you need to know:

You must have written permission from either PSi or the National Poetry Slam to take photos at the event.

Photography must not be a distraction from the poetry. No flash photography is allowed, and we ask that you do not use photography as an excuse to move around the venue during a performance.

If you want to share your photos with the official NPS photography team, please email marshall@nps2013.poetryslam.com. We’ll be looking for a few exceptional photos to post on the website each night and would love a chance to see yours!

No video or audio recording is permitted at any National Poetry Slam event without the express written permission of Poetry Slam, Inc.

How NPS Works

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By Sophia Holtz & Anonymous

Welcome! If you’re reading this, then you’ve made it to the National Poetry Slam 2017! That means it’s time to get excited! Those of you who are rookies (or simply members of the audience who have never seen a live poetry slam before, and may be asked to judge the poetry on stage) are probably thinking: Oh my god, I’m at the National Poetry Slam. Who are these people and what the hell is going on?

So here, for your benefit, is A Brief Guide to What the Hell is Going On, with some tips on how not to ruin everything for yourself (and everybody else):

For Audience Members

This may be a national event with a championship title on the line, but you matter way more than anybody talking into that mic tonight. We mean it—this poetry slam thing all started because we wanted to create a great new way for folks like you to love and connect with poetry. We wouldn’t be here without you guys. So thank you for coming, and have a great time! Here are some tips for the week:

DO listen, enjoy, and love the poetry and the poets. If you hear something that changes your life, your brain, your everything, then after the bout is finished, you should go and tell the poet how much you appreciate their work!

DO ask poets whose work you loved if they have any merchandise to sell. Many people will have chapbooks and CDs available for purchase, so that you can take some of their neuron-changing awesomeness home with you.

DO be raucous and excitable. Your host will tell you all about how much poets love immediate and audible reactions during their poems: applause, whoops of appreciation, the “ancestral grunt.” Poets get nervous up on stage, even if they’ve been doing this for years, so don’t be too shy about showing your support for the performers.

DON’T make distracting, not-related-to-poetry noises. Don’t chat up new friends at the bar. Don’t answer your cell phone (because you remembered to silence it BEFORE the bout, right?). Try not to have an unrelenting coughing fit.

DON’T take photos or videos of the poets if you don’t have a press pass AND have the permission of the performer. Secret filming is creepy and the organizers have arranged for professional filming already.

DON’T approach poets or coaches during the competition.  They will have more time (and not to mention be much more fun to talk to) after the bout is done.

For Judges

Lucky you! Somebody has handed you a whiteboard, and now you get to judge how this whole game goes down. Your host is going to explain the rules to you very quickly.  Don’t be intimidated. It’s easy to be a really good judge if you just follow some simple guidelines:

BE CONSISTENT. This is actually the only thing you need to know in order to be a good judge. Let’s talk about something we call “score creep.” For some reason, judges have a tendency to give out higher and higher scores as the night goes by. But what if you heard the best poem of the whole night during the first round? Here’s an easy trick: when the sacrificial poet goes up, pay extra attention. Write down the score you gave them somewhere you can easily check, like in the corner of your whiteboard. From now on, every time a poet reads a poem, ask yourself: was it better than the sacrificial poet? If yes, higher score. If no, lower score. Easy, right?

DON’T get so drunk that you can’t understand the poetry. Are you blitzed? Pay extra attention.  And maybe switch to soda for a few rounds.

DON’T let the audience intimidate you. Yes, the audience: the unwashed masses grumbling about those perfect scores you just aren’t shelling out. Remember, you’re the one with the marker!

DON’T get too focused on either performance OR poetry; remember that you are judging a performance art, and that the National Poetry Slam champions need both stellar writing skills AND great performance chops.

DON’T put appearance before art. Rate the poetry, not the poet!

DON’T forget to have a good time! You can take this whole judging thing as seriously as you want, but in the end, the poetry (and being moved by the poetry) is why we asked you to judge in the first place.

For New Competitors

Welcome to the National Poetry Slam! You and more than 300 of your brand-new best friends are about to be the talk of the town for an entire week. If you play this right, it could be the best time of your entire life…until you come back next year, of course. Here are some tips to help you have a great NPS:

DO share your poetry in cyphers. You can find these almost any place there are poets for the next couple of nights.

DO make new friends. Competitors, audience, staff, volunteers: all  these people are here because they love poetry. How often do you get to hang out with this many people all at once who care about art? It’s a great chance to meet amazing folks you couldn’t have found without this crazy game we play.

DO practice good show etiquette: show up early for your bouts, listen to your bout manager, and don’t harass your hosts. Clap for everybody that gets up on that stage! Clap for people you’re bouting against! Don’t be nice, but do be kind!

DON’T be drunk and belligerent. Self control is nice, not to mention healthier for everyone.

DON’T get all wrapped up in the competition. Odds are (literally) that you will not make it to Finals, or even Semi-Finals. So rock your poem like you’re on Finals stage every night, and if your team is eliminated early, don’t forget to enjoy the other twenty-three hours and fifty seven minutes of awesomeness per day that NPS has to offer. Remember that the most important team is “Team Poet,” and everyone you meet this week is on that team, including you. If you take the time to really listen to the other poems in your bout, you are more likely to have a good time, learn more cool things about being alive, pick up some new tricks to try in your own work, and remember what poetry slam was created for: to make audiences (which includes you) listen to poetry.

For Returning Competitors

Welcome back! Now read the rookie advice. I bet you think that song isn’t about you. Well, it is.

Getting Around Denver

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The Light Rail

Denver’s mass-rail transit now has service from the airport to lower downtown, where most of you will be staying. Tickets from the airport are a flat $9.00 per person, and will place you at Union Station. From there, just hop on the Free Mall Ride up and down 16th street to get to the host hotel at 15th and Tremont. The light rail is also a great way to get to some of the venues you will be visiting throughout the week. The stations at 16th and California and 16th and Stout are just a quick walk or mall ride away. From there, The Mercury Cafe, Coffee at the Point, and Brother Jeff’s are just a quick ride up the D-line from the station.

Price: To/From airport – $9.00/ticket, then $2.60 per local, one-way ticket while in town.
Best to use for: The Mercury Cafe, Coffee at the Point, Brother Jeff’s

The Bus / Free Mall Ride

Denver’s 16th Street Mall has a free mall ride that runs both directions along the mall. The ride stops at every block, and is great for getting to and from the host hotel along the mall. The RTD bus has stops all along Lincoln and Broadway for getting up and down the main streets.

Price: Mall Ride = Free / RTD bus = $2.60 per local, one-way ticket.
Best to use for: Riding along the 16th Street Mall / Traveling North and South along Broadway and Lincoln.

Lyft / Uber

These are best for getting around either during the day or late at night. Contact your slambassadors for the best spots to hit, the hidden gems, and the best way to find them!

Price: Varies
Btest to use for: Exploring the city, either during the day or late at night.

Bicycle / B-Cycle

B-Cycle is short-term bike rental program that has stations throughout the lower-downtown area. An Access Pass will cost $9.00 for 30 minutes, then $5.00 for each half-hour over 30 minutes. A day-pass can be purchased for $35.00. Bikes can be checked out and returned at any B-Cycle station.

Price: $9.00 for an Access Pass, $5.00 for every half-hour over the initial 30 minute rental. Or $35.00 for a day pass.
Best for: Riding around town, enjoying the sunshine!

Walking

We tried to make most of the day events, prelims, semi-finals, and finals venues as close to the host hotel as possible. Just remember that, while walking, be sure to use plenty of sunscreen, chapstick, and drink LOTS OF WATER. Dehydration is a greater risk while at altitude, and drinking lots of water can help your body adjust to the change.

Price: Free!
Best for: Most venues.

Venues

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Day Events

McNichols Building

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Denver Central Library

10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Clyfford Still Museum

1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Preliminary Bouts

brother jeff's

2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

McNichols Building

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Epernay Lounge

1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Coffee at the Point

710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Clocktower Cabaret

1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Semi-Finals Bouts

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

McNichols Building

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

119 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Group Piece Finals

McNichols Building

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Finals

Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Festival Event Schedule

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Monday

Team Registration

Monday, August 7th
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Lobby
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Early registration for competing teams. One member of each team must check in during one of the two registration windows.

Box Office / Pass Pick up

Monday, August 7th
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Event Pass holders will pick up their passes and programs.

Volunteer Registration & Training

Monday, August 7th
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Volunteers will pick up their passes and confirm their check-in times and locations for assignments.

Last Chance Slam

Monday, August 7th
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Welcome Party

Monday, August 7th
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Tuesday

Team Registration

Tuesday, August 8th
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Lobby
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Final registration for competing teams. One member of each team must check in during one of the two registration windows.

Rookie Open Mic

Tuesday, August 8th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Christopher Michael
First time competitors in the National Poetry slam get their chance to shine in a special open mic event just for them.

Slam Family Map

Tuesday, August 8th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: John Q
The National Poetry Slam draws voices from all corners of the North America and beyond, but we seldom get an introduction! The Slam Family Map is an opportunity to introduce yourself as a Poet of your City, State, Country, and sense of Home in an Open Mic Format.

Writing Our Voices

Tuesday, August 8th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Training Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Deonte Osayande
Deonte Osayande, an esteemed English Instructor and poet, will lead a writing workshops to develop writing skills, workshop ideas, and give feedback on poems.

Sober Check In

Tuesday, August 8th
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Poet Orientation

Tuesday, August 8th
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Orientation is mandatory for all competitors and coaches. We will review the rules of the tournament, answer your questions, and welcome you to Denver!

Opening Ceremonies

Tuesday, August 8th
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Immediately following orientation, a brief welcoming ceremony will take place to kick off the National Poetry Slam!

Bout Manager & MC Meeting

Tuesday, August 8th
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Volunteer bout managers and MCs will meet with the Tournament Directors to get their instructions and materials for the evening.

Preliminary Bouts

Tuesday, August 8th
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

Sober Check In

Tuesday, August 8th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Karaoke with DJ Bella Scratch

Tuesday, August 8th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

About Jazz at Jack's
| map

Hosted By: DJ Bella Scratch
The poets are going to take over a local karaoke spot, and hijinks will ensue.

Pick Up Slam

Tuesday, August 8th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Mercury Cafe Jungle Room
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

Hosted By: Brandon Williamson
A pick up team game of poetry slam. 16 poets randomly divided into teams of 4 duke it out in a fast paced team poetry slam judged by poets!

Wednesday

Yoga-Try: Yoga and Poetry

Wednesday, August 9th
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Sheraton Hotel
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jessica Chernila
A playful way of matching metaphor to movement, and shape to symbolism. Yoga-Try utilizes yogic tools to fuze the physical into your poems.

Twelve Tribes Open Mic

Wednesday, August 9th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jane Belinda, Paulie Lipman, and Rebecca Preston
Open mic space held for people who identify as culturally, ethnically, or religiously Jewish to tell their stories. All are welcome to attend and listen.

American Sign Language Show Case

Wednesday, August 9th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Mona Jean Cedar
A celebration of American Sign Language (ASL) performance artists with an insight into the linguistics of ASL Poetry. Featured poets and local ASL artists take the stage and sign! We invite you to perform your ASL art at our open mic!

Diasporic Diction

Wednesday, August 9th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Toluwanimi Obiwole, FreeQuency, Loyce Gayo, and Ifrah Hussein
A workshop and open mic that challenges and rethinks discourse on Africa and its contemporary Diaspora through conversation and poetry.

SlamMaster Training - Marketing and Fundraising

Wednesday, August 9th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Ian Matthew Martinez, Suzi Q. Smith, and Candy Zantea
SlamMaster education track | learn tips and techniques for marketing and fundraising from a panel of current and former SlamMasters.

Undoing Writer's Block: Engaging Your Ancestors to Free Your Creative Expression

Wednesday, August 9th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Karin Dremel
Procrastinating? Grinding to a halt? Stuck in writer's block? If you answered any, or all, with YES, this is your workshop. Systemic Constellation Work explores outdated, limiting familial and ancestral loyalties to free your creative expression.

Sober Check In

Wednesday, August 9th
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Yelly Yelly Wavy Wavy Literary Party with Suspect Press

Wednesday, August 9th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Ken Arkind
A showcase of writers, poets, comedians, and artists who have contributed to one of Denver's best loved local zines. Performers include both local and international artists.

SlamMaster Training Media

Wednesday, August 9th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

SlamMaster education course focusing on leveraging media for community involvement and publicity.

How to Move Back Into The Body

Wednesday, August 9th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Confidence Omenai
A workshop and open mic for those who identify as women, centered around reclamation of the body, mind, and spirit. We will hold space for poems in honor of the self, snatched back from trauma, body shame, and erroneous societal expectations.

Parents Open Mic

Wednesday, August 9th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Tova Charles
Poetry by parents, for anyone who wants to hear art about the joys and challenges of having children!

LGBTQIA Open Mic

Wednesday, August 9th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Andrea Gibson & Buddy Wakefield
Open Mic space held for those who identify as LGBTQIA to share their stories. All are invited to listen and attend.

Spoken Soul: Researching Psychological Factors Involved in Writing & Performing Spoken Word Poetry

Wednesday, August 9th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jenna Robinson
A presentation of the findings of a research study on Psychology & Spoken Word Poetry. Learn how poetry as a therapy has evolved and where it can go next. Plus, an experiential exercise, and an open discussion about future directions.

Interfaith Open Mic

Wednesday, August 9th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 8
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Mojdeh Stoakley
A free-for-all of faith inspired poetry, especially those who wish to hold space for those who feel less safe post-inauguration! The event will kick off with a writing prompt, in case you forgot your spiritual poems at home.

Black Poets Speak Out

Wednesday, August 9th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Mahogany Browne
A community reading and open mic of writers, Black Poets Speak Out (BPSO) began as a response to a conversation initiated by Amanda Johnston. Jericho Brown, Mahogany Browne, Jonterri Gadson, and Sherina Rodriguez-Sharpe responded to the call with ideas, suggestions, and various plans of action. What began as a conversation has become a movement.

Bout Manager & MC Meeting

Wednesday, August 9th
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Volunteer bout managers and MCs will meet with the Tournament Directors to get their instructions and materials for the evening.

Preliminary Bouts

Wednesday, August 9th
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

Burlesque Show and Erotic Poetry Reading

Wednesday, August 9th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Mercury Cafe Upstairs
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

Hosted By: Lady Speech Sankofa and Theresa Davis
Burlesque performers and writers of erotic poetry team up to provide a steamy late night show for your titillation.

Sober Check In

Wednesday, August 9th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Thursday

Insomnia Slam

Thursday, August 10th
02:00 AM - 04:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Joe XO
A poetry slam that happens late at night when everyone should be asleep, judged by audience applause rather than scores. 8 poets would go head-to-head in 3 rounds to decide the winner. Prizes and water/coffee supplied for all competitors.

YIN Yoga and Writing

Thursday, August 10th
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Sheraton Hotel
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jessica Chernila
Explore your yinner landscapes in this meditative yoga class, letting your body tell you its stories while your hands and mind take a break to listen.

Ekphrastic Workshop with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Thursday, August 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 8
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Engage deeply with artwork hanging in the Clyfford Still Museum, and create a piece of writing based on your experience.

Gender Transcenders

Thursday, August 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Cecily Schuler
An open mic featuring the voices of trans, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, and genderqueer individuals, which celebrates the diverse stories and expressions found within gender identity.

SlamMaster Training |Community Building, Inclusivity, and Responsiveness

Thursday, August 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

SlamMasters weigh in on the challenges of creating a community, how to be inclusive of different identities, and roles and responsibilities when community issues arise.

Latinx Open Mic

Thursday, August 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jessica Helen Lopez and John Quiñonez
Open mic space held for those who identify as Latinx to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

The Fundamentals of Art as Business

Thursday, August 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Training Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Ashlee Haze
This workshop is for any artist who either has or intends to monetize their work, covering the fundamentals of business, including: completing w9s, registering a business, understanding qualifying business expenses, basic auditing procedures, sample contracts, and record keeping.

Sober Check In

Thursday, August 10th
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

African American Open Mic

Thursday, August 10th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Rage Almighty and Alyesha Wise
Open mic space held for those who identify as African American to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

Haiku Death Match

Thursday, August 10th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Christopher Michael
Competitors will go head-to-head to decide who is the Haiku Master in this rapid-fire poetic competition.

(in)visible identities workshop

Thursday, August 10th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Mojdeh Stoakley
Exploring the identities that rarely get hashtag campaigns! For the religious-but-not-evangelist, or dual-identity, or in-between-genders, or otherwise shape-shifting-chameleon poets who wish to explore the non-universal parts of your stories!

Let's Talk about Chapbooks!

Thursday, August 10th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Training Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Nico Wilkinson
A brainstorming session for chapbooks - not the poetry within, but the chapbook as a container. We will talk covers, font choices, paper weight, and means of production (photocopy, letterpress, etc.), expanding on how we can make truly appealing and exciting books that do justice to the poetry within them.

So You Want To Tour? How to travel as a feature poet and not come home broke(n)

Thursday, August 10th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 8
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Wil Gibson and Billy Tuggle
Billy & Wil, touring partners for a few years, will talk about how to begin performing away from home, and how to grow into traveling for extended periods. From setup, to travel and performance tips.

Women's Open Mic

Thursday, August 10th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Oompa, current reigning WOWps co-Champion
An open mic space held for those who identify as women to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

Managing Poetry Submissions

Thursday, August 10th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 8
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Submitting to literary journals or other publications? Learn best practices for managing and tracking submissions, and navigating rights and agreements.

Bout Manager & MC Meeting

Thursday, August 10th
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Volunteer bout managers and MCs will meet with the Tournament Directors to get their instructions and materials for the evening.

Preliminary Bouts

Thursday, August 10th
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map

Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map

McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

Sober Check In

Thursday, August 10th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Recovery Reading

Thursday, August 10th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Space set aside for poets in recovery to share their stories and support each other.

Hip-Hop Open Mic & Showcase

Thursday, August 10th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Mercury Cafe Upstairs
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

Hosted By: Bianca Mikahn
A night to showcase hip-hop artists in the poetry scene and celebrate the intersection of poetry and music.

Friday

Yoga-Try: Yoga and Poetry

Friday, August 11th
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Sheraton Hotel
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jessica Chernila
A playful way of matching metaphor to movement, and shape to symbolism. Yoga-Try utilizes yogic tools to fuze the physical into your poems.

SlamMasters Meeting

Friday, August 11th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Mandatory meeting for all SlamMasters or proxies to discuss PSi business with the Executive Council.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Reading

Friday, August 11th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Kevin Kantor and Piper Mullins
A reading and workshop open to individuals of any and all genders to talk openly about their experiences with sexual assault. We aim to provide a space for all survivors, regardless of demographic, to allow for discussion and healing, and provide visibility to the community of the wide spectrum of survivors.

How to Build a Poetry Manuscript with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Friday, August 11th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A panel discussion including Molina Speaks, Khadijah Queen, Genna Kohlhardt, and Caleb Seeling. Not sure how many poems go into a full length manuscript? Don't know how to order them? Experts will give pointers on how to take your collection of poems to the next level; a cohesive manuscript.

Sober Check In

Friday, August 11th
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

How Can NPS Do Better?

Friday, August 11th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Maureen Benson
This is a listening session that will be an all-ears (maybe a few clarifying/probing questions) on what it would take to make NPS an event that leaves you nurtured, seen, honored, and fulfilled so that you come back year after year.

Haiku: Three Lines of Power

Friday, August 11th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Training Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Kim B. Miller
Participants will take three lines and 17 syllables, and create their own magic using one of the most popular, but fundamentally misunderstood, poetic forms.

*CANCELLED* Modern Abolition and the Role of the Artist

Friday, August 11th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Kevin Campbell and Max Parthas
A lecture regarding the widespread reach of modern slavery, opportunities for action, and the integration of art and activism, led by contributors from The New Abolitionist Radio.

Compliment Death Match

Friday, August 11th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: RJ Walker
Poets go head-to-head in a battle of positivity, complementing their opponents to the best of their poetic abilities. Poets can write compliments in advance, or freestyle their complement in this fun, debut event!

Disability Open Mic

Friday, August 11th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Nathan Say
Open mic space held for those who identify as or experience disability to tell their stories and share their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

Indigenous Open Mic

Friday, August 11th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Ara Cruz
Open Mic space for indigenous people to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

Ekphrastic workshop with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Friday, August 11th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Gallery 8
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Engage deeply with art in the Denver Art Museum, and create a piece of writing connected to your experience.

Slam Jam

Friday, August 11th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Seth Harris and Art Compost and the Word Mechanics
Participants compete in a slam, each contestant accompanied by live jazz music. There will be an extended time limit and no penalty for going over that limit. Participants will be scored on the quality of their words, and for their ability to meld with the musicians. After three rounds, a champion will be crowned.

Bout Manager & MC Meeting

Friday, August 11th
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroon
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Volunteer bout managers and MCs will meet with the Tournament Directors to get their instructions and materials for the evening.

Semi-Final Bouts

Friday, August 11th
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
119 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 | map

McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map

Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will compete in Semi-Finals. The winner of each Semi-Finals bout will move on to Finals.

Group Piece Finals

Friday, August 11th
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: TBD
Teams with the 12 highest scoring group pieces that have not competed in Semi-Finals will compete in Group Piece Finals.

Sober Check In

Friday, August 11th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Saturday

YIN Yoga and Writing

Saturday, August 12th
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Sheraton Hotel
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jessica Chernila
Explore your yinner landscapes in this meditative yoga class, letting your body tell you its stories while your hands and mind take a break to listen.

National Poetry Slam Marketplace

Saturday, August 12th
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Teams of poets competing in the National Poetry Slam will be invited to share their chapbooks, CDs, and other poetry merchandise at the first-ever National Poetry Slam Marketplace!

Slam Family Meeting

Saturday, August 12th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: PSi
Interested in what's going on with PSi? Have questions? Come to the meeting and hear updates from, and talk to, the Executive Council.

Grief and Remembrance Open Mic

Saturday, August 12th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Karen G. and Mallory Everhart
Poets gather for this intimate open mic to hold space for each other, and mourn the loss of loved ones. All are invited to attend and listen.

Check Your Head Writing Workshop

Saturday, August 12th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Bianca Mikahn
A workshop designed to liberate your inner muses' deepest aspirations, articulate them gracefully, and connect on a more intrinsic level with your audience. A focus on a performer's self awareness, identity, and creative articulation.

The Point is not the Points: Therapeutic Elements of Spoken Word Poetry and the Slam Community

Saturday, August 12th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver Central Library Training Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Jenna Robinson
A discussion-based and experiential workshop focused on the way some poets use writing to process trauma and performance for catharsis. Practical tools and concrete action steps will be given for facilitators and organizers to make poetry workshops and slam events "safer spaces to support this healing process.

Sober Check In

Saturday, August 12th
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Open Mic

Saturday, August 12th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Ayla Sullivan and morgynne d'sulueti tora
Open mic space set aside for those who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are welcome to attend and listen.

Pro-Voice: A Celebration of Poetry and Reproductive Health

Saturday, August 12th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Basement Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Nico Wilkinson
A showcase of poems and patient stories surrounding reproductive healthcare. Poets are encouraged to share work regarding feminism, resistance, and the importance of safe and accessible health care, including access to abortion, in the current political climate.

Intergenerational Slam and Discussion

Saturday, August 12th
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Denver Central Library Gates Conference Room
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 | map

Hosted By: Deonte Osayande
Old timers and newbies alike compete and encounter each other in a unique setting that provides a chance to build relationships across generations.

Nerd Slam

Saturday, August 12th
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: RJ Walker
Are you a nerd? Go head-to-head with other nerds, answering trivia questions for your chance to do nerdy poems.

FINALS

Saturday, August 12th
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Paramount Theatre
1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: TBD
The four highest ranked teams will compete for the Championship title, which includes a cash prize of $2,000, a beautiful trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights.

Sober Check In

Saturday, August 12th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Vail Ballroom
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

After Party

Saturday, August 12th
11:00 PM - 01:00 AM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Hosted By: Jive Poetic
We have had a wonderful time together sharing poems all week. Now, we dance!! With DJ Jive Poetic.

Competition Schedule

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Monday

Last Chance Slam

Monday, August 7th 7pm
McNichols Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map

Tuesday

Prelim 1

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Marquis Market, Roc Bottom, Lizard Lounge, Boston Poetry Slam

Prelim 2

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Rock Slam, Lyrical Opposition, OM Center Poetry Slam, Slam Nuba

Prelim 3

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Providence Poetry Slam, Slam New Orleans, Say What, Java Monkey

Prelim 4

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : The Writers Den, Art Amok Slam, Salt City Slam, Eclectic Truth

Prelim 5

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Portland Poetry Slam, Houston VIP, Chicago Slam Works, House Slam

Prelim 6

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Houston Poetry Slam, Bowery Poetry Slam, Boise Poetry Slam, Olympia Peoples Mic

Prelim 7

Tuesday, August 8th 7pm
Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Battle Born Slam, WeSpoke Slam, San Diego PoetrySLAM, PuroSlam

Prelim 8

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Jambalaya-Bull City, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Spokane Poetry Slam, Retort United

Prelim 9

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : HawaiiSlam, SAFE Words Slam, Pure Ink Poetry Slam, Rain City Slam

Prelim 10

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : dada slam, SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam, Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, Slammageddon

Prelim 11

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Burlington Slam, Jersey City Slam, Steel City Slam, Flagslam

Prelim 12

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Dallas Poetry Slam, The Saint Louis Poetry SLAM!, FTW Slam, Freshwater Wordsmiths

Prelim 13

Tuesday, August 8th 9pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Reno Poetry Slam, Slam Free or Die, Montevallo Poetry Slam, Toronto Poetry Slam

Wednesday

Prelim 14

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Mental Graffiti, Northampton, Ktown Mic Drop Slam, Write About Now

Prelim 15

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Austin Poetry Slam, Denver Mercury Slam, Cross Country Collective, Oakland Poetry Slam

Prelim 16

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Seattle Poetry Slam, Mill City Slam, ABQ Slams, Brooklyn Poetry Slam

Prelim 17

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Red Dirt Poetry Slam, Writing Wrongs, Verbal Slap Poetry Slam, Union Square Poetry Slam

Prelim 18

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : The People, Berkeley Slam, Busboys & Poets, Made in Denver

Prelim 19

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Root Slam, Breaking Bad Poetry, Hear Here!, Slamalamadingdong

Prelim 20

Wednesday, August 9th 7pm
Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Sugar Slam, Sedona Poetry Slam, Poetic Exchange Poetry Slam, Urban Spoken Word

Prelim 21

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : House Slam, Salt City Slam, Slam New Orleans, Rock Slam

Prelim 22

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Chicago Slam Works, Art Amok Slam, Providence Poetry Slam, Houston Poetry Slam

Prelim 23

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Olympia Peoples Mic, San Diego PoetrySLAM, Slam Nuba, Lizard Lounge

Prelim 24

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Houston VIP, The Writers Den, Bowery Poetry Slam, Battle Born Slam

Prelim 25

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Portland Poetry Slam, Boise Poetry Slam, WeSpoke Slam, Boston Poetry Slam

Prelim 26

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : PuroSlam, Java Monkey, OM Center Poetry Slam, Roc Bottom

Prelim 27

Wednesday, August 9th 9pm
Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Eclectic Truth, Say What, Lyrical Opposition, Marquis Market

Thursday

Prelim 28

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Slammageddon, Pure Ink Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Reno Poetry Slam

Prelim 29

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, SAFE Words Slam, Jambalaya-Bull City, Burlington Slam

Prelim 30

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam, HawaiiSlam, Jersey City, Freshwater Wordsmiths

Prelim 31

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : dada slam, Steel City Slam, Slam Toronto Poetry Slam, FTW Slam

Prelim 32

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Flagslam, Retort United, Montevallo Poetry Slam, The Saint Louis Poetry SLAM!

Prelim 33

Thursday, August 10th 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Rain City Slam, Spokane Poetry Slam, Slam Free or Die, Dallas Poetry Slam

Prelim 34

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Union Square Poetry Slam, Busboys & Poets, Mill City Slam, Austin Poetry Slam

Prelim 35

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Slamalamadingdong, Brooklyn Poetry Slam, Cross Country Collective, Northampton

Prelim 36

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Made in Denver, ABQ Slams, Denver Mercury Slam, Mental Graffiti

Prelim 37

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
Epernay Lounge
1080 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Verbal Slap Poetry Slam, Berkeley Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Sugar Slam

Prelim 38

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
brother jeff's
2836 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Writing Wrongs, The People, Sedona Poetry Slam, Root Slam

Prelim 39

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Red Dirt Poetry Slam, Poetic Exchange Poetry Slam, Breaking Bad Poetry, Write About Now

Prelim 40

Thursday, August 10th 9pm
Coffee at the Point
710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Urban Spoken Word, Hear Here!, Oakland Poetry Slam, Ktown Mic Drop Slam

Friday

Semi 01

Friday, August 11th 7pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, Slam Nuba, Slammageddon, Denver Mercury Slam, Say What

Semi 02

Friday, August 11th 7pm
McNichols Building 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : House Slam, Dallas Poetry Slam, Slam New Orleans, Busboys & Poets, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Semi 03

Friday, August 11th 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Houston VIP, Brooklyn Poetry Slam, The People, Bowery Poetry Slam, The Saint Louis Poetry SLAM!

Semi 04

Friday, August 11th 7pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
119 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205 | map
Teams : Write About Now, Root Slam, San Diego PoetrySLAM, WeSpoke Slam, Marquis Market

Group Piece Final

Friday, August 11th 9pm
McNichols Building 3rd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Eclectic Truth, PuroSlam, Toronto Poetry Slam, The Writers Den, Steel City Slam, Ktown Mic Drop Slam, ABQ Slams, Rain City Slam, Boise Poetry slam, Boston Poetry Slam, Salt City Slam, dada Slam, Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam
Sacrificial Team : Pure Ink Poetry Slam

Saturday

Final

Saturday, August 12th 7pm
Paramount Theatre
1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202 | map
Teams : Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, Brooklyn Poetry Slam, House Slam, San Diego PoetrySLAM

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