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KMAC Poetry Slam

KMAC Poetry Slam is a unique poetry experience in a community art space downtown on the second Tuesday of each month. For those slamming, tickets are $7.00, for those attending, it is FREE. So come out to The KMAC Poetry Slam and check out one of the fastest growing trends in the artist community. Remember: the point is not the points, the point is the poetry!

There will also be an intermission performance by the Sounds of the Week artist.

Thanks to a partnership with KMAC Museum and Maxwellsounds, and our host Lance G Newman II.

KMAC: Art is the big idea. Craft is the process. The museum connects people to art and creative practice. 715 West Main Street. Admission is FREE thanks to Delta Dental of Kentucky’s @Making Smiles Happen Charitable Giving Initiative. 

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Below you will find the description, rules, and history of Poetry Slam. I'm sure many of you have attended some type of poetry event in the past... This is nothing like that. "Slam" is a competitive sport that incorporates spoken word poetry. 

· What is slam poetry?
Simply put, slam poetry is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.

· What is a poetry slam?
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance.

· How did slam poetry start?
In 1984, construction worker and poet Marc Smith started a poetry reading at a Chicago jazz club, the Get Me High lounge, looking for a way to breathe life into the open mike format. The series, and its emphasis on performance, laid the groundwork for the brand of poetry that would eventually be exhibited in slam.

In 1986, Smith approached Dave Jemilo, the owner of the Green Mill (a Chicago jazz club and former haunt of Al Capone), with a plan to host a weekly poetry competition on Sunday nights. Jemilo welcomed him, and the Uptown Poetry Slam was born on July 25 of that year. Smith drew on baseball and bridge terminology for the name, and instituted the basic features of the competition, including judges chosen from the audience and cash prizes for the winner. The Green Mill evolved into a Mecca for performance poets, and the Uptown Poetry Slam continues to run every Sunday night.


· What are the rules?
(Though rules vary from slam to slam, the basic rules are:)

Each poem must be of the poet's own construction;

Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. 

The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;

Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

715 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Earlier Event: March 13
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Later Event: March 15
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