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The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam City Finals featuring Marc Smith
Neutral Zone
Ann Arbor, MI
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The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam City Finals featuring Marc Smith
Witness Ann Arbor's twelve top-scoring poets share the best of their work, and help select five poets to represent Ann Arbor at The National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California this August.

After each poet performs, the audience is encouraged to clap, cheer, stomp, snap, shout, scream, boo, hiss, remain silent, or offer up any chosen response in order to let the five judges know what they think. Five audience members are invited to volunteer to judge the competition. Their job is not to be swayed by the audience. The audiences job is to sway the judges. This is poetry slam.

Along with twelve award winning local poets, Marc Smith, the founder and originator of Poetry Slam itself, will travel in to offer a special feature performance.

Marc is best known for bringing the world a new style of poetic presentation that has spawned one of the most important social/literary arts movements of our time. As stated in the PBS television series, The United States of Poetry, a "strand of new poetry began at Chicago's Green Mill Tavern in 1987 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam." Since then, performance poetry has spread throughout the U.S. and the world to hundreds of cities, universities, high schools, festivals, and cultural centers. Each year, teams from American and European cities compete in National Poetry Slams, extravagant festivals blending thousands of poetic voices. This year, together, as a city, Ann Arbor will choose five poets as representatives to go to the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California.

Born on the southeast side of Chicago, Smith's innate sense of rhythm and unflinching realism has made him one of the country's most compelling performers. Full of grit, his performances break poetic boundaries, giving audiences an acute vision of what poetry is and what it can be. Smith has been featured on CNN, 60 Minutes, and NPR. He has chalked up more than 1000 performances including The Smithsonian Institute, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and The Art Institute of Chicago. His poetry has been featured in Hammer's Magazine, Chicago Magazine, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, the United States of Poetry, and more. Smith's work has also been cited by The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun Times.

Come watch the best of old school and new school performance poetry in one epic night
7PM on April 12, 2014, at The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Top 10 Poets in the Slam Finals are:
Jamie Morgan
Allie Reynolds
Lindsay Stone
Garret Potter
Tariq Luthun
Simon Mermelstein
Brother Gabe
Just Dan
Eileen Li
Native Child

Inam Kang



Neutral Zone (View)
310 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States

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Arts > Performance
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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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