What is poetry slam?

Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience.


What kind of poetry is read at a slam?

Slam Nuba is well known for supporting a wide range of poetry that spans topics such as love, comedy, social commentary, and personal/confessional pieces. Poets are free to do work of any style, on any subject. Slam Nuba has a zero tolerance for hate speech or excessive derogatory language.


How is a slam different from an open mic?

An open mic is not a competitive environment and typically works to foster support for poets. A poetry slam is an engaging competition purposes to elicit audience participation.


Who can participate?

Slams are open to anyone who wishes to sign-up. Memorization often works in the favor of the poet but it is not required.


What are the rules?

Poets perform for three minutes each using nothing but their body and a microphone. Props, costumes and musical accompaniment are not allowed. Poems must be original and executed within the 3 minute time limit (plus a 10 second grace period). 0.5 points will be deducted for every 10 seconds after the grace period.


How do I attend?

Slam Nuba happens on the last Friday of every month night at The Crossroads Theater — 2590 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80205 next to Coffee on the Points. The Doors & Sign-Up for Open Mic and Slam are at 7:30. All ages! There is a $10 cover charge, $5 with a student ID.


Why does the crowd keep shouting “We Cut Heads”?

Slam Nuba is a call and response poetry venue. To the call “Slam Nuba”,the audience responds with “We Cut Heads”. This lets the host, poet or speaker know that the audience is actively listening and engaged. It in no way connotes violence but suggests that the mind blowing & thought provoking poetry presented here is sure to separate listeners from their senses.


How can I join the slam team?

Compete, compete, compete.  In order to qualify for a spot on the nationally renowned Slam Nuba poetry slam team, you must compete in at least two slams during the season. You must also place either first or second in one of those slams.  Once qualified, you will have the opportunity to compete in the official team slam-off competition. The top 5 competitors will then become the members of the current team. The sixth place finisher will also join the team as the Alternate who will support the team in memorization and fundraising.