Monday, April 20, 2009

Austin Poetry Slam Presents: Slam Off - The Independent / 501 Studios - April 24, 2009

From the roses are red, violets are blue department... Austin Poetry Slam Presents: Slam Off @ The Independent @ 501 Studios on April 24th! This is the slam to pick Austin's top poets to rep Austin at the 2009 National Poetry Slam!

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A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work (or, more rarely, that of others). These performances are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience.

Marc Smith is credited with starting the poetry slam at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago in November 1984. In July 1986, the slam moved to its permanent Chicago home, the Green Mill Jazz Club.[1] In 1990, the first National Poetry Slam took place in Fort Mason, San Francisco, involving a team from Chicago, a team from San Francisco, and an individual poet from New York [2]. As of 2008, the National Poetry Slam has grown and currently features approximately 80 certified teams each year, culminating in five days of competition.[3].

Although Afro-American in origin, slams have spread all over the world, with slam scenes in Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Switzerland, Nepal, the Netherlands, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Sarajevo, Bosnia, South Korea and Macedonia.

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