History of Slam Poetry
Slam poetry has been around for about 30 years, and involves reading or reciting original poems that are under 3 minutes long.Poetry Slams officially started up when a construction worker and poet Marc Smith started a reading series in a Chicago jazz club in 1987. It started as a type of oral poetry in the mid 80s that has a political/protest/identity focus.
The last few years have seen World Competitions held in France.
Harry Baker's Dinosaur Love
Baker, Harry. (2015). Dinosaur Love (TEDxYouth@Hounslow). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdjNw8SZc5U
Current Slam Poet World Champion Harry Baker
Baker, Harry. (2014). Grand Slam Poetry Champion (TEDxExeter). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxGWGohIXiw
What is Slam Poetry?
Slam Poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music.
After performing, they receive scores (0-10) from 3 - 5 randomly selected judges.
The judges can be anyone: they don’t even need to be poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a poem.
The purpose of this judging process is so that everyone gets to participate.
Slam Poetry doesn’t need to be a specific form of poetry.
If you want to see some slam poetry in action, check out the Perth slam poetry page.
Slam Poetry Definition
Definition: Slam Poetry is an event-format, where a performer recites or reads an original poem, that conforms to particular rules and conventions, and is judged by a panel who award a number score. It is written to be performed. Slam Poetry is one type of Spoken Word Poetry.