The National Poetry Slam will be held in multiple venues in Denver, Colorado August 7 - 12, 2017.
The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition.
At the National Poetry Slam, 70-80 nationally ranked teams converge on a city bringing thousands of participants, fans and volunteers. Each team will compete at least twice, against 3 other teams. Scores are calculated across the tournament, and at the end of the third night we know who will move on to Semi-Finals and Group Piece Finals. After four Semi-Finals bouts, we take the winner of each to move on to Finals, from which the champions are chosen. The prize for winning is giant sword-through-a-stack-of-books trophy along with a cash award. And more importantly, bragging rights.
For the first time, the National Poetry Slam will come to Denver August 7 – 12, 2017. In its 28th year, the National Poetry Slam (NPS) is a Poetry Slam, Inc. event that brings together hundreds of poets from all over North America, and thousands of audience members.
In addition to the tournament, the event offers expert workshops and side events including the Haiku Slam, Nerd Slam, open mics that celebrate identity, and many other inclusive and welcoming performance spaces present opportunities for the local community of writers and audiences to participate.
Events will take place in downtown Denver and in Five Points, along the Welton Street Corridor. Our day events will include writing workshops led by experts from all over the United States, a haiku competition, and a series of themed open mics and poetry slams that will be open to the public. The tournament kicks off on Tuesday, August 8 and six venues simultaneously, and will culminate in the final night of competition on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Paramount Theater.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Each venue has its own age requirements. While many of the hosting venues are all ages, please check in with the venue you plan to attend to confirm their age requirements.
Where can I find more information about the National Poetry Slam?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable or refundable?
All ticket sales are final. Tickets are non transferrable and non refundable.
How do I get single-tickets for the preliminary bouts and side events?
Tickets for preliminary bouts and side events can be purchased at the door with cash or card on a first-come, first-served basis. Pass holders will be allowed priority entry.
How do I get single tickets for Finals on Saturday night?
Tickets for Finals on Saturday night will go on sale in December, and can be purchased in advance through Altitude Tickets (the link to purchase finals tickets will be up on our website www.nationalpoetryslam.com December 1). Early bird tickets (purchase before June 30, 2017) are $25. July 1, tickets are $30, or $35 at the door (if any tickets are still available) with cash or card on a first-come, first-served basis. Pass and advance-purchase ticket holders will be allowed priority entry.