Monday, August 8, 2016

Poetry Slam Competition

NEW SLAM COMPETITION BEGINS ON BEACH STREET

Slam artists and lovers of language, young and old, are invited to the first of monthly slam competitions to be held on Beach Street in Daytona Beach. Creative Happiness Institute (CHI) and MACDeLand Slam are teaming up to meet on Wednesday, August 31, and the last Wednesday of each month thereafter to feature the best in performance poetry.

The show, which starts with an open mic at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. The first 12 poets to sign up to compete have a chance to win a $50 first and $25 second prize. This year, young poets—from fourteen and up—are encouraged to participate as part of a Young Poets Mentoring Program. Slam winners will also be eligible to compete for a spot on the Volusia County team organized by Kevin Campbell.

CHI, which receives a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County, has been a cosponsor of Mr. Campbell’s team for the last year and helped send it to both regional and national competitions. Mr. Campbell is also coordinating CHI’s young poets performances.

Slam rules require that poets perform their own, original work; stay within a three-minute time slot; and use no props or costuming. “Authors don’t have to memorize their work,” says emcee and Volusia County Poet Laureate David B. Axelrod, “but they do score more points if they can give a strong, dramatic presentation.”

The competition will take place at Wine-Me wine shop, 204 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, where wine by the glass starts at $5, beer at $3, and a good selection of other snacks and beverages are also available. Wine-Me can be reached at 386-871-7769. To register to compete or for more information about the program, email Dr. Axelrod,
axelrod@creativehappiness.org, or call 386-337-4567.

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