Phoenix to Host Individual World Poetry Slam October 8-11

Phoenix is about to get a whole lot Slam-mier.
Phoenix is about to get a whole lot Slam-mier.

Seventy-two competitive slam poets walk into a coffee shop in Phoenix. This is not a joke. There will be no punchline.

The Arizona Humanities Council will play host to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, a four-day event that pits "presentative poets" against one another. The competition itself exists as a series of timed bouts, each judged by five randomly selected audience members. The top 12 competitors will move on to the final round on Saturday, October 11, hosted at Marquee Theatre.

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Seventy-one poets have already secured a spot in the competition. The final competitor will be selected at Wednesday's opening night ceremony, put on by Lawn Gnome Publishing.

A variety of Phoenix locations, including Jobot Coffee, Lost Leaf, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Fair Trade Cafe will play host to the iWPS events. In addition to the competition, the Slam will feature workshops, themed open mic nights, and book swaps.

Highlights of the Poetry Festival include Wednesday's "Mariachi and Spoken Word" event at Bodega 420, Thursday's "XXX Haiku Deathmatch" at the Lost Leaf, and Friday's 9 a.m. "Crossword Puzzle Slam" at JoBot Coffee. There's also an "Erotica Slam," if you're into that whole sex thing.

Sixty bucks will buy you entry to all three days of the event. Purchase online through the iWPS website.

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Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Lawn Gnome

905 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Jobot Coffee

918 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Lost Leaf

914 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Changing Hands Bookstore

300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Fair Trade Cafe

1020 N. First Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003


Bodega 420

420 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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