On Saturday, May 7, the Daytona Beach arts cinema, Cinematique, concludes its current Poetry Slam series for the season. The event will begin at 9 p.m., a half hour earlier than previous evenings, to allow more time for the competition. First prize is $50, while second prize is a $25 Cinematique gift certificate. Admission for the evening is just $5.
Poetry slams are an opportunity for poets to show off their talent in competition. The first 12 poets to reserve a spot will be allowed to compete, but the general public is welcome to come and read a poem at the open mic that follows.
Volusia County Poet Laureate David B. Axelrod emcees the event, together with Kevin Campbell, director of MACDeLand Slams. “From the dozen winners since August, 2015, we have been able assemble a team that will represent our area,” Axelrod explains. “We now have a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County that will help Kevin's team travel to regional and national competitions. The series isn’t just paying a cash prize, it is helping launch poetry careers.” The bi-monthly competitions will continue next fall with cosponsor, Creative Happiness Institute.