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.
2017-2018 SEASON DATES:
Sept 16 • Oct 21 • Nov 18 • Dec 9 (2nd Saturday) • Jan 20 • Feb 17 • Mar 17
2018 ALL-CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Sunday April 29th 1pm, University of Arizona 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 please bring some money for coffee & to donate. Suggested donation: $5 for youth, $10 or more for adults. No one turned away due to lack of funds. The TYPS is supported by donations, larger donations can be made in person or online through our parent organization, Spoken Futures.
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 16, 2017). . 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!