Date and Time
May 28, 2019 9:00 pm
Busboys and Poets Presents the Beltway Slam:
Hosted by Director of Poetry Events - Pages Matam
Tonight's feature: Marjan Naderi - 2019 DC Youth Grand Slam Champion
As the first Muslim American and Afghan Woman to be announced the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival Poetry Champion, Marjan Naderi has spoken and performed all over the globe with listeners from Canada to Trinidad and the United States to Britain. She also holds 2018 titles from the NoVa Invitational Slam and the East Coast Annual Slam, and is the 2018 DC Muslim Interscholastic Tournament Spoken Word Winner. As a member of the DC Poetry Slam Team, Marjan has also performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, National Building Museum, Afghan Embassy, The Washington Post, and the Canadian Center of Parliament.
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ALL THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE SLAM MUST ARRIVE BY 8:30. IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO PURCHASE YOUR TIX IN ADVANCE, BUT VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF TICKETS WILL BE LEFT AT THE DOOR FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POETRY SLAM
Rules and Procedures for 2019-2020 Season
Each open slam will be two rounds. Standard PSI rules apply (3 minutes, own work, no props, etc). The first round will have 12-15 poets and the order will be by random draw. The top eight poets from the first round will move on to the second round and the order will be high to low from the first round.
Participation by Lottery:
The list for the night will be held by the Bout Manager. Poets MUST speak with the Bout Manager in person on the night of the slam to be placed on the list. Doors open 8:30pm. The slam list opens at 8:45pm. Slam begins at 9pm.
The Draw (if there are more than 12 poets):
The draw will happen at 8:50 SHARP. If there is a lottery, the pull to determine who is slamming will also determine the order in which they will compete. Poets MUST be present at the time of the lottery/draw. If a poet’s name is pulled for a lottery and they are not present or very easily locatable, they forfeit their place and are not eligible for the bonus entry described above. If there is no lottery and a poet is not present or easily locatable during the draw, that poet will compete first; if they are still not present when their name is called during the first round, they will not slam that night.Speciality Slam Dates and Info:Team semi-finals:
The top 12 poets from the season will compete with 3 minute poems. Any poem from the season can be repeated for the semifinals/finals but you cannot repeat the same poem(s) you do in semifinals in finals.
Only top eight advance to finals in April. The top eight order also decides order of first round in Finals (i.e. if you won semis, you go last, etc…)
Team finals: April
Top four make up the team with the Grand Slam Champion.Poets will compete in a three round slam (all three minute poems) where the four poets with the highest cumulative score will be named the team for the National Poetry Slam that year. Poets may not repeat poems from semi-finals. The team may opt to allow the 5th place poet on the team as an additional member.
Slam for WOWPS (Qualifiers, then Top Four in Finals)
Slam for IWPS (Grand Slam Champ gets an automatic bid into IWPS Finals, everyone else goes to IWPS Qualifiers and Top Three + Grand Slam Champion go to IWPS Finals)