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Letter From Poetry Slam (hosted by 2023 Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu): Call for Entries

Register for an opportunity to participate by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 12th.  Applicants will be asked to submit one poem they plan to read during the event for consideration. Selected poets will be notified by Saturday, April 15th. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 7-8:30pm, doors open at 6:30, at Eno Arts Mill Gallery in Hillsborough, NC.

The Letter From Poetry Slam is in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Letter from a Birmingham Jail written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and considered to be the most important written document of the civil rights era.

All poems performed must be related to the letter in some way. A copy of the letter is available for each participant to read here.

A poetry slam is a competitive art event in which poets perform their poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges. It is a unique spoken word competition created in the ’80s in Chicago as a way to to engage new audiences. Since then, poetry slams have been held across the world.

This competition will be judged by a panel that consists of 4 judges selected from the community and 1 from the audience.

See complete guidelines here.