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The Steel City Slam Last Chance Slam ft. Jamie Mortara

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Want to compete in the Steel City Grand Slam for a chance to be on our National Poetry Slam 2018 team?
Didn't make enough points during the season to qualify?
Been out of town?
Just got to town?
Well this is the slam for you! The winner of the Last Chance Slam wins a spot in our Grand Slam!

So bring your best poems, your best performances, and all of your excitement for one of our toughest competitions of the year!

Signups open @ 7:45
(First Come-First Served - 8 Slam Spots - 6 Open Mic Spots)
Show @ 8:15
All Ages!
Cash Prize for the Winner!

The Last Chance Slam is an Open Slam!
Poets slamming may read poems on any subject or in any style they choose!
3 Rounds - 3 Minute Time Limit Per Poem!
No Props
No Costumes
No Musical Accompaniment

The Winner of The Last Chance Slam wins a spot in our Slam Season Finale show, The Steel City GRAND SLAM on April 12th, where we will select our 2018 team of poets to represent Pittsburgh at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL!

Before the slam from 6:00-7:30pm there will be a free writing circle for poets of all ages,, facilitated by one of Steel City’s certified Youth Educators. For more information please visit the Young Steel facebook page at

jamie mortara is a queer poet, performer, publisher, organizer, and artist currently based in Portland, OR. They grew up in New Jersey and have learned to stop apologizing for it. jamie is author of the poetry collection some planet (YesYes Books) and the interactive fiction collection small creatures / wide field (tNY Press). Three of their DIY zines are indie bestsellers and the others are likely scattered to the winds somewhere. Jamie is founder of the audio poetry magazine Voicemail Poems, a National Poetry Slam competitor, and host of Slamlandia. jamie holds an MFA from UNCW, is a proud Capricorn, and sells handwritten tarot readings through the mail. More about jamie can be found at jamiemortara.com.

The Steel City Slam is a Free Speech Zone! Poets may say whatever they like on our mic! This means you may hear: cuss words, mature themes, or difficult and/or triggering content on our microphone. HOWEVER, we remind the audience they ALSO have the power of free speech, and are encouraged to respond accordingly to content presented on the mic. We advise our poets and audience to be respectful to one another and engage each other in conversation about the content of the poetry and behaviour presented on and off our stage.

Steel City is Certified as a Poetry Slam Inc Venue and a Fiscally Sponsored Project of PSI (501c3)