As if we're not excited enough about the Lao American Writers Summit coming to Minnesota in August, hundreds of performance poets representing teams from across North America will compete over five days of spoken word competition at venues across downtown Saint Paul during the 21st annual National Poetry Slam (NPS) August 3-7.
Poetry Slam is the competitive art of spoken word performance poetry. Dubbed the “Superbowl of Slam” by competitors, NPS is the world’s largest annual Poetry Slam event. In addition to the tournament, which leads to a championship, a five-day festival of poetry will include competitions, workshops, open mike events, showcases and more. Each competitor has three minutes to perform a poem of his/her own construction.
* Aug. 3-5, up to 84 teams will compete in preliminary rounds held at 7-9 p.m. and from 9-11 p.m., nightly, winnowing the field down to 20 teams.
* Aug. 6, the top 20 teams compete in one night of four semi-final bouts.
* Aug. 7, the top four teams face off in a finals competition at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
Tickets and the Schedule of Events will be available in July at www.nps2010.com. Check it out!