SLAM! is high-energy, competitive poetry.
SLAM! brings together diverse poets and an enthusiastic crowd.
Bob Holman calls Poetry Slams “the democratization of verse.” Anyone can Slam and audience response is vital. The energy in the room runs as high as the stakes.
The monthly Calgary Poetry Slam was started in February 2006 by the Calgary Spoken Word Society. It takes place on the last Monday of every month.
The key is diversity. There’s no formula for Slams; they encourage a wide range of voices and styles, everything from Hip-Hop to Sound Poetry, lyrical verse to jazz. Since the judges are chosen at random, there’s no way to guess how the night will play out!