2016 Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam


Rain City Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Olympia People’s Mic and the Cascadia Poetry Festival bring you the biggest regional slam tournament the Pacific Northwest has ever seen.

The 2016 Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam brings together 8 teams from all over the Northwest to compete in a two day tournament the region’s finest performance poetry.

Friday: Prelims! Two slams of 4 teams each compete for a chance at finals. Top 2 teams move on.

Saturday: Finals! Top 4 teams compete for a shot of Cascadia Poetry Slam champions!

Competing teams include Seattle Poetry Slam, Rain City Slam, Olympia People’s Mic, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Portland Poetry Slam, Spokane Poetry Slam, Boise Poetry Slam, and Slamlandia.

What’s a poetry slam? A poetry slam is a competitive poetry event wherein poets share performed poetry to an audience and five randomly selected judges. Judges rate each poem 0-10 based on content, performance and originality. There are three rules to a poetry slam:

1. Poets must perform their own original work.
2. Poems must be performed without props, costumes or musical accompaniment.
3. Poems must be 3 mintues or under (with a 10 second grace period). Points will deducted if poems go over this time limit.





About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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