Texas Tech University

Poetry Slam

Participants will have the opportunity to workshop their piece on Friday, March 4 with guest artist and emcee Regie Cabico during the Summit's social opportunities. A second optional space to workshop pieces may be available during educational session rotations on the day of the Poetry Slam if space permits. The Poetry Slam will consist of preliminary and final round that will take place on Saturday, March 5.

Slam participants may be students, faculty, staff, or community partners. Participation in the Poetry Slam is open to all. There are no fees to participate in the Poetry Slam, but registration for the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit is required.

Remote participation via Zoom Meetings Pro will be made possible for individuals with virtual Summit tickets.

Questions about the Poetry Slam should be sent to campuslife.lgbtqia@ttu.edu.

Register for the Poetry Slam

Deadline: March 4, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. CST

Prize Packages

Poets advanced to the finalist round will each receive a package containing a selection of slam poetry publications. Finalists competing remotely will have prizes ground mailed to them.

Guest Artist and EmceeRegie Cabico

Regie Cabico (he/him), B.A., is one of the country's leading innovators and pioneers of The Poetry Slam having won 3 National Top Prizes including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He produces Capturing Fire: An International Queer Poetry Slam. He participated in the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Participant Rules

1. Poems must be original works performed by the author. Sampled lines or lyrics are permissible.

2. No musical accompaniment; however, beat boxing or acapella singing by the author is permitted

3. No costumes or props. Taking off clothes, grabbing a necklace for emphasis would be considered a prop violation. Holding a microphone or mic stand is permissible.

4. 3 minutes or less. Poems will be timed. There is a 20-second grace period. Time starts when the poet makes verbal or non-verbal contact with the judges and emcee. There will be a .5 deduction every 10 seconds a poet goes overtime.

5. Poems do not have to contain "trans" or "queer" content.

6. Hate poetry against a group of people i.e. queerphobic. misogynistic, transphobic, racist, etc... will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the Poetry Slam and revocation of the participant's Summit ticket.

7. Poems do not need to be memorized. Poets will not be penalized for reading off the page. We discourage reading from a cell phone or electronic device, but it is permissible.

8. Poets will draw a number to determine order in preliminary and final rounds.

9. The number of poets that get eliminated or proceed to the finals will be based upon the number of poets signing up. It is anticipated that the top 4 participants will advance to the finals round.

10. Registration for the Poetry Slam closes on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Summit organizers may permit late registrations on a case-by-case basis.

11. Judges scores are based on a rubric and tabulated on a spread sheet. Score totals will not be announced. Poets will receive their score sheets at the end of each slam bout.

12. The top scoring poets may be asked to write a poem on the spot to break a tie or determine finalists or the slam champion.

13. 2 person or group pieces will not be permissible to compete.*

14. Poetry Slam participants are asked to present themselves in the Student Union Ballroom (or Zoom for virtual contestants) no later than 20 minutes before the slam starts.

*Individuals interested in performing as a pair or delivering pieces from other authors may do so permitting time, but will not be scored or allowed to advance in the Slam.

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