Rules & Info
TUCSON YOUTH POETRY SLAM
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Every 3rd Saturday of the month. 5pm slam workshop, 6pm community meeting, 7pm poetry slam. Sign-up at 6:30.
2016-2017 SEASON DATES:
Sept 17 • Oct 15 • Nov 19 • Dec 10 (2nd Saturday) • Jan 21 • Feb 18 • Mar 18
2017 ALL-CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday April 15 1pm, UA Gallagher Theater
Every slam features a workshop & special performance by a nationally-recognized spoken word artist! Check the website for upcoming features.
at BENTLEY’S HOUSE OF COFFEE & TEA
1730 E Speedway, just west of Campbell by the University of Arizona, across the street form the McDonald’s. Extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway.
The TYPS is always free, but bring some money for coffee and to donate. The monthly runs on donations, it helps out if audience & participants can throw in anywhere from $5 to $20 (or more!), sliding scale. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
POETRY SLAM RULES
- Poems must be poet’s own creation.
- Three minute time limit per poem.
- No music other than what you can make with your mouth / body.
- No props or costumes.
There is no censorship at the TYPS. Yes, that means you can drop the f-bomb. No, it doesn’t mean you should. Use your words wisely & for great impact. No hate speech will be tolerated (i.e. no specific threats or defamation of a person or a group). The TYPS builds community!
The TYPS competition is open to all poets, aged 18 or younger as of the Season Kickoff (September 17, 2016). . Poems can be memorized or performed on page (paper works better than digital). ALL STYLES and LANGUAGES WELCOME! Hip-hop / stand up / traditional poetry / etc. Come to the workshop. We’ll teach you to rock the mic.
Five judges are selected from the crowd, each judge scores each poem on a scale of 0.0 – 10.0 taking into consideration both content and delivery. We drop the high score and the low score, adding together the middle three, giving each poem a final score from 0.0 – 30.0.
There are three rounds. All poets perform in the first round. Usually only the top 6 poets advance to the second round, so spit your best work first. We cut to three poets for the final round.
Remember: the point isn’t the points; the point is the poetry!
Other important information:
- How Sign-Ups work at the TYPS
- The 2016-2017 Season Points System
- Spoken Futures Community Guidelines & Safety Statement
CASH MONEY and GIFT CERTIFICATES!
Admiration and recognition in your community!
Special prize for first-time poets!