Want to win a spot on our team and go on a poetry tour next summer? Come to our second qualifier and bring your best poetry!
Poets will compete for a spot on our National Team. The top two in every Qualifier go on to the semifinals, and the top two of each Semifinal goes on to our Grand Slam in the spring!
But this year, what you win will be different. The top four poets in the Grand Slam will be our national team, and will get a special prize: a poetry tour of the west coast! We’ll be paying for transportation, hotels, and will arrange the venues. We’ll help you make chapbooks and any other merch that you want to sell if you want help. We’ll provide assistance to help you thrive during the tour. And hopefully you’ll come back from the tour having made new friendships and connections throughout the poetry community!
If the idea of a poetry road trip sounds awesome, come to our first qualifier this week and compete!
About Our Feature
Cadence McCracken is fidgety wordsmith coming to you live from somewhere you didn’t expect. Cadence’s love for poetry started at 15, when they wanted to write punk songs but did not have a guitar… or friends… to start a band with. Since then, Cadence has made many friends and evolved their back of school bus poetry into roaming poetry party caravans as detailed in their chaotic resume of performing, teaching and organizing spoken word poetry since 2010. Accomplishments and things section of this bio reads: Four-time National Poetry Slam competitor and two-time representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam. Performances and workshops from bookstores to universities in nine states. Published a few times in journals you haven’t heard of, and five self-published chapbooks you will very soon hear of. Compulsory bio concluding line reads: 2018 was a mindfuck. Please help.
Writing Circle at 6pm!
Before the slam, come to the writing circle – we’ll be at Jai Thai from 6pm-7pm, giving writing prompts and sharing our work in an attempt to help each other improve and get creative input! Drop in anytime before 7pm and join us!