Sedona Book and Arts Festival
Poetry Slam

Tickets for the poetry slam can be purchased in room 34 at the festival

Sedona final logo-MaryIn partnership with the Sedona Book & Arts Festival, the Sedona Poetry Slam hosts the second slam of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Sept. 10, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Yavapai College’ Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive in West Sedona.

All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 first-place prize, $50 second-place prize and $25 third-place prize, all donated by the Sedona Book & Arts Festival.Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam.

To compete in the slam, poets will need three original poems, each lasting no longer than three minutes. No props, costumes nor musical accompaniment are permitted. The poets are judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam.

Admission to the slam only is $5. All Sedona Book & Arts Festival attendees get in free if they show their festival ticket. Poets who want to compete should purchase a ticket in case the roster is filled before they arrive.

Poets in the Sedona Poetry Slam come from as far away as Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, competing against adult poets from Sedona and Cottonwood, college poets from Northern Arizona University, and youth poets from Sedona Red Rock High School and around the Verde Valley.

The Sedona Poetry Slam will be hosted by Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on 10 FlagSlam National Poetry Slams in 2001, 2004-06, 2010 and 2012-16. Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009.

The slam is the second regular slam of the 2016-17 season, which will culminate in selection of Sedona’s fifth National Poetry Slam Team, the foursome and alternate who will represent the city and the Verde Valley at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colo., in August. With every regular slam, poets earn points toward the Grand Slam. The final Grand Poetry Slam takes place in May, to determine the team. The poets who make the team to represent Sedona will share the stage at the week-long National Poetry Slam with 350 of the top poets in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The future slams of the season will be held at the Sedona International Film Festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. SR 89A, West Sedona, on Saturdays, Dec. 3, Feb. 4, April 1 and April 29. For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

Sedona sent its five-poet first team to the 2012 NPS in Charlotte, N.C., its second to the 2013 NPS in Boston and Cambridge, Mass., and its third and fourth to Oakland, Calif., and it’s fifth to Decatur, Ga. For more information, visit foxthepoet.blogspot.com.

Sedona Book & Arts Festival
For a complete listing of workshops, exhibitors, and tickets to all that the Sedona Book & Arts Festival is offering during its three-day event visit www.SedonaBookAndArtsFestival.com.

Individual World Poetry Slam
The Sedona Poetry Slam is also partnering with the Individual World Poetry Slam, being held in Flagstaff from Wednesday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 15. Claire Pearson won the Sedona Poetry Slam’s representative slot and many Sedona area poets will be volunteering and assisting in running events at iWPS. Aside from four days of bouts by the world’s best performance poets, iWPS will include the ever-popular Nerd Slam featuring poetry focused on comic books, fantasy, science, engineering, science fiction, and anime, hosted by Phoenix poet Bernard “The Klute” Schober. For more about iWPS, visit iwps.poetryslam.com or follow #iWPSFLG on Twitter.

What is Poetry Slam?
Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. Any poem is a “slam” poem if performed in a competition. All poets get three minutes per round to entertain and inspire the audience with their creativity.

Founded in Chicago in 1984 by construction worker Marc Smith, poetry slam is a competitive artistic sport. Poetry slams are judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience who assign numerical value to individual poets’ contents and performances. Poetry slam has become an international artistic sport, with more than 100 major poetry slams in the United States, Canada, Australia and Western Europe.

For more information, visit poetryslam.com or the PSi channel on YouTube.

Christopher Fox Graham
Spoken Word Poet & Writer
Sedona, Arizona, 928-517-1400

Visit the FoxThePoet.blogspot.com

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