Poetry Slam™ is the competitive art of writing and performing poetry, staged as a friendly 3-round contest with prizes.
Within the last 20 years, it has become a world-wide literary movement bringing thousands of listeners and readers back to poetry because of its audience-centred entertainment and social value.
Poetry Slam™ has even been described as a ‘pop culture phenomenon’. There are slam events in every major city of North America and many more in Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Sweden, UK and other European cities.
In Singapore, Poetry Slam™ is fast becoming a regular feature in the literary scene. So far over 150,000 students and the general public have participated and watched Poetry Slam™ in Singapore since 2003.
The inaugural National Youth Poetry Slam League (NYPSL) Championship was launched in 2006 by Word Forward Limited with the support of MICA through its Creative Community, Singapore. A lively competition with attractive prizes, NYPSL has fast become a popular and well respected literary fiesta.
THE POINTS ARE NOT THE POINT, THE POINT IS POETRY.
Poetry Slam Vs Open Mic Reading
Poetry Slam, founded by Marc Smith from Chicago in 1984, is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show, including the poet's performance, the judges' scores and the host's banter.
What kind of poetry is read at Poetry Slams?
Poets are free to do work in any style on any subject if it is not a specialised (thematic) Poetry Slam.