WordsFest Oct 24-26th

WordsFest is coming to London, a new literary & creative arts festival featuring all things wordy! Check it out this weekend (Oct 24-26th), beginning with an opening night reception (or our Oct slam which is also part of the opening night festivities). Then celebrate and support London arts & culture all weekend by attending any/all of their events (most of which are FREE!)

Some of our recommendations:

1. Sat 25th 10-11am – Spoken word workshop facilitated by our Oct feature artist Dia Davina. Museum London, FREE
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2. Sat 25th 12pm-? – Guerilla poetry in downtown London. Email guerrillapoetrylondon@gmail.com to sign up.
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3. Sun 26th 5:30pm – #PoetryLab, a blend of visual projections, sound effects, and poetry featuring LPS’s Emma Blue. Museum London, FREE
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And there’s much more! Full WordsFest event listing here.

RIP Zaccheus Jackson

On August 27th the spoken word poetry community was dealt a crushing blow with the news that 36-year-old Zaccheus Jackson, a Vancouver poet & educator, had died in a tragic accident while on tour in Ontario.

Zaccheus had an unparalleled style and stage presence, and we rarely saw him without a smile. He was quick to admit a troubled past including drug addiction, but even quicker to give thanks for his pen and the stages that helped him battle his demons and become one of the most influential poets in the Canadian spoken word scene. He was a member of the Blackfoot nation, born in Alberta, and made his home in East Vancouver where he worked with youth in schools and in the community helping others speak their truth as he did his.

His passing has affected the slam community greatly, but his words will continue to live on. As a fellow poet said after his passing, please never stop speaking his name.

Love from London, Zaccheus. RIP.

Nuit Blanche 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014 was a huge success! We had a ton of new (to us) performers hit the mic on our street stage, and we had an enthusiastic curb crowd showing the love all night long!

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New Sign Up!

In the past we have had performers sign up on their way in the door, with a limit of 15 sign up spots for slammers & 3 for open mic. Over the last year we have gotten busier, both in our audience and poet numbers, and we have realized a few issues with this system: it gets very chaotic at the door and people arriving later frequently find the sign up sheet already full.

So we’re introducing a new sign up system!

  • As of May 2014, there will be a call for sign up at 7:30 (sharp!)
  • Everyone wishing to perform (open mic or slam) will be asked to come to the stage & sign up
  • Neither the open mic or the slam will have a limit to how many people can sign up, though the limits of performers will stay intact (3 open mic’ers, 12 slammers)
  • Any questions regarding time limits, rules, etc. will be answered and the draw will occur once everyone has signed up. The order drawn will be the show order (the host will no longer draw the order on stage once the show starts)
  • Performers not chosen will have their name in the hat twice the following month
  • Performers not chosen again a second month will be guaranteed to perform the third month (to a max of 6)

Also note that our new scoring/ranking system requires poets to slam at least 3 times to qualify for Finals.

Bottom line: Arrive by 7:30pm from now on if you want to perform!

2014 London Poetry Slam Team

Your 2014 London Poetry Slam Team!

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Left to right:
Grand Slam Champ Holly Painter, Emma Blue, Alisha Tax (team alternate), TedO, & Rachel Rensby

The team will travel to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria BC in the fall!

2013-2014 Finals!

What a night!

Congrats again to all our performing poets (left to right):
Holly, Inali, Emma, Alisha, Rachel, Ted, Jenny, Ceilidhe, Summer, & Jake

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Big thank yous to:

Our host (and founder of LPS): Elyse Maltin
Volunteers: Bryton, Jeff, Tarrah, Ben, Dave, John, Sarah, Rachael & Martina
Our judges

DJ mediafrenzy
Videographer: Brad Golding (of Cinema House Productions)
Photographer: Ed Jackman
Lights/Sound: Travis Dolynny

Our food donors & media sponsor:

Edgar & Joe’s Cafe
Kantina Restaurant 
Hasbean’s Coffee
Williams Cafe
Forrat’s Chocolates

And our beautiful venue, the Palace Theatre & the London Arts Council


2014 Indies Slam

Congrats to Inali Barger for repping London Poetry Slam well at the 2014 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver BC! Inali placed 16th of 40 poets, narrowly missing the Finals stage.


Learn more about the Indies festival here!

New Merch!

We have new ‘Show the Love’ slam t-shirts available! For $20 (only $20?!) you can get a snazzy new shirt and help support the slam!


Men’s – S / M / L / XL
Women’s – S / M / L

Blue, purple, grey, yellow, red

Pick yours up at the next slam or contact us to arrange a pick up!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to the new (old) home of the London Poetry Slam! We’re happy to have a redesigned and updated website for all your London poetry slam needs! Search around and find some of the same content you’ve seen before, like Upcoming Events, Slam Videos, and Current Standings, and check out new content such as LPS History and Community Events (coming soon)!
Thanks to Arthur Sousa for his hard work!