9th Hour Poetry Slam

  • May 10, 2022

Join host Charity Blackwell in DC this Fri., May 13th, at 9 p.m.!

9th Hour Poetry Slam

A Busboys and Poetry Event hosted this week by Charity Blackwell, featuring Shelby Birch

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance.

This is an opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry!

Enjoy two rounds of high intensity poetry, with the audience choosing a winner.

1st Place Winner Takes ALL - $100

The Rules:

  • Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.
  • Each poet gets 3 minutes 30 second (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem; if the poet goes over, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • A poet’s time begins as soon as they say anything on stage or engage the audience in any way.
  • The poet may NOT use props, costumes, or musical instruments. This includes the removal of clothing.
  • The poem can only be performed by one person.
  • Poets ARE allowed to read from paper and electronic devices such as laptops or cell phones. There will be no point penalty assessed unless it’s used as a PROP (as outlined above).
  • 6 Competitors will be eliminated after the 1st round

Partial funds raised for this event will support Busboys and Poets DC Representative for the Women of the World Poetry Slam!

Masks must also be worn properly (covering nose and mouth) at all times inside of Busboys and Poets when not actively eating or drinking.

Hosted by Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, Washington, DC. Click here for info.

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