Spring Poetry Slam 2013 Results:
Congratulations to John Byrne, Danielle Turner, Luke Buffington for placing first, second, and third respectively in our spring slam on February 13th.
We also would like to thank all of the other competitors who made this show possible. And a big thank you to Pat McEvoy, who hosted his first Creighton slam with us this spring.
A slam team may be in the making. If you are interested in getting involved with Poetry Slams contact: SarahGarro@creighton.edu
What is a Poetry Slam?:
The poetry slam is an Olympic-style poetry contest, created in Chicago in 1985 and now an international phenomenon.
Using friendly competition to gather the best and brightest young writers from within Creighton University (and the Omaha Area), the poetry slam is a safe space that emphasizes community building, education, and youth empowerment. By carrying on the rich tradition of oral storytelling and the spoken word, the CU poetry slam encourages Creighton students to share stories, break stereotypes, and speak the truth, challenging themselves and their audience.
Slam Rules and Guidelines:
- Poetry slams consist of 3 rounds. During the 1st Round all participating poets perform, in the 2nd, roughly half of the poets are eliminated, and in the 3rd and final Round, only the remaining 3 poets slam. The participant with the highest score from this round is the winner, and is usually given the opportunity to perform one final poem.
- Poetry slams are not just poetry readings; they are competitions. Judges for the slam are selected randomly from the audience (Judges are in no way affiliated with the poets who participate in the slam.) Judges are given criteria for judging poems based on performance as well as the content and style of the poem.
- Each piece must be under 3 minutes in length. Scores will be penalized for going over the time limit. Penalties will begin at 3:10.
- Each participant must perform a piece of his or her own original writing. Participants that plagiarize will be disqualified.
- Props and/or musical accompaniment may not be used in the slam.
- Poets must come prepared with at least 3 poems.
- A different poem must be performed in each Round (a poem may not be repeated).
- Content matter may not exceed a PG-13 rating (avoid excessive violence, sexually explicit content and /or language that is degrading to any group of people). Failure to heed the PG-13 rating will result in disqualification.
- No profanity and PG-13 language is expected. Violations will result in penalty.