August London Youth Poetry Slam
When: Saturday August 25th, doors at 5:30, slam at 6 pm
Where: Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. London
All Ages Welcome!
This month we welcome Truth Is…, co-captain of the 2012 Burlington Slam Project team, who just returned from representing Canada at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina, and who will be competing in Saskatoon in October at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
If you have never seen Truth perform, you better get on that. Fast.
A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work. These performances are then judged on a numeric (1-10) scale by previously selected members of the audience. Judging criteria is based on both content and delivery. Poets have 3 minutes to recite their poems, with a 10 sec grace period. After that, time penalties are assessed. No costumes, props, musical accompaniment, etc are permitted. 5 judges raise scorecards and the lowest and highest scores are dropped for a possible score of 30.
The London Youth Slam was created to give young poets a forum for their writing. This slam is intended for poets age 12-20 who want to get up and show their stuff in a setting of their peers. This allows poets to get up and compete in a slam setting without the intimidation one might feel going up against much older veterans. It’s a two round slam, with up to 12 poets in the first round and 5 in the second. After the slam, points are awarded based on standing. The poets with the most points at the conclusion of the regular season are invited to compete in a semi-final round, with the top five scoring poets proceeding to a final round, where the winner will be crowned July slam champ!
Musical accompaniment is allowed during the open mic section.
Only $5 dollars at the door.
1st place receives $50
2nd place receives a London Poetry Slam t-shirt
3rd place gets $5 dollars