Poetry Slam! Santa Barbara

Poetry Slam! Santa Barbara is sponsored by and hosted at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

Please join Santa Barbara's finest Spoken Word Poets as they square off in this exciting monthly competitive performance poetry event! All poets bringing all forms of ORIGINAL poetry are encouraged to attend. Poetry Slam! Santa Barbara is a monthly poetry competition that invites poets of original poetry of all genres to attend and be a voice of our community and for our community.

We will ask five audience members to be judges and score each poet zero through ten. Judges are to judge 50% on the poem and 50% on the performance! The scores are tallied, and the top three poets will come back at the end of the night to compete for bragging rights and for cash prizes! We will have Master of Spinning Vinyl DJ Gryphn to keep the mood and beat rolling throughout the evening, as well as one or more featured poets and a featured musical artist to wow you with their best!

NOTE for poets: Bring your friends to cheer you on!

Rules for poets:

  • Original poetry only! This is not an open mic event.
  • No instruments or musical accompaniment allowed.
  • Three Minute Time Limit per poet, with a one point deduction from cumulative score for each ten seconds a poet goes over
  • Three to five selected audience members will judge using Olympic style scoring (8.5, 9.5 etc.)
  • Please RSVP online to reserve your spot.
  • December 18, 2019
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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653 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara CA, 93101

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