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Boise Head-to-Head Slam Championship: Prelims!

Big Tree Arts Inc
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The 2017-2018 slam season may be over here in the City of Trees, but we want to make sure you stay excited about poetry all April (aka National Poetry Poetry Month)! Join us for the first annual HEAD TO HEAD POETRY CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMINARIES at Even Stevens!

This is a little different from our usual slams, so here’s how it will work:

-Sign-ups will open at 6:30. There are only EIGHT SPOTS IN THIS SLAM, so if you really want to compete, get there a little early!
-The battles will start at 7:00. Poets’ names will be randomly drawn from a hat in pairs, and a coin will be flipped to determine who goes first in each pair.
-Both poets in each pair will perform their poems. Then, the winner will be decided by AUDIENCE BOISTEROUSNESS. That means whichever poets gets the most/loudest audience approval wins and moves on to the next round!
-The top 4 from the first round will be split into pairs once more, the cycle will repeat until there are only 2 poets standing. Those 2 poets will face off one more time to determine who is THE CHAMPION OF PRELIMS!
-The top 4 from the first round are all guaranteed a spot in our HEAD TO HEAD POETRY CHAMPIONSHIP, which will be happening on Monday, April 23 at Goldy’s Corner (featuring Paulie Lipman), in which they will go up against the top 4 poets from the season’s rankings (who will be competing at our team selection finals on April 27)! However, only the winner of prelims will win fabulous prizes, plus their choice of which finalist they’ll go up against at the championship, and when.
-All of the usual rules of slam still apply (no props, no costumes, etc.). The 3:10 time limit is also still in effect, but if a poet goes over time they will be stopped by the host as soon as the stopwatch hits 3 minutes and 10 seconds. THERE ARE NO TIME PENALTIES IN THIS SLAM, so don’t risk having your poem interrupted!

This is event is all ages, and a $5 donation is suggested. Be sure to buy a sandwich from Even Stevens and support the venue, too!

Any questions should be directed to talk@boisepoetry.com, or asked below in the discussion section. We’ll see you there, creatures of Boise!


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