Slam Jam

Copper State Poetry Slam organizer Jeremiah Blue is even-handed in assessing Phoenix’s stature: “We are fairly solid, in terms of slam poetry.” The city’s best slam poetry teams will see just how solid when they vie amongst challengers from around Arizona for the statewide championship on Friday, July 19.

The slam poetry teams from Phoenix, Tucson, and Sedona are well-versed in the gambit of four-person teams performing and being scored by audience volunteers. The audience participation also includes the Haiku Death Match on Friday and Saturday’s Nerd Slam. HBO Def Poetry Jam’s Jason Carney performs before Saturday’s final championship showdown.

The Copper State Poetry Slam is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street, through Saturday night. Doors open on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with the Haiku Death Match starting at 5 and bouts at 7 and 8:45. Single-day tickets are $11, and a two-day pass is $18. For discounted advance tickets or for more information, visit or call 602-254-3100.

Fri., July 19, 5:30-11 p.m.; Sat., July 20, 6:30-11 p.m., 2013
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