UTSC & Hart House Black History Month Poetry Slam


This is a chance for poets to share the gift of truth and voice! Come share, support and celebrate Black History Month through the art of spoken word and slam poetry, and compete for a chance to win VISA Gift Card prizes. (Plus, check out the Hart House Talking Walls Black History Month exhibit in the UTSC Meeting Place, starting the beginning of February.)

When: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 / 5:15–8 pm
Where: HW 305, Humanities Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough
Cost: Free

What is a poetry slam?

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets perform spoken word poetry. The performances at a poetry slam are judged by a panel of judges, typically five, and usually selected from the audience. The judges give each poem a score on a scale of 0–10 (zero being the worst and ten being the best). The highest and lowest scores are dropped and the middle three are kept. The highest score one can receive is 30 and the lowest is zero.

Featured artist 

Gabrielle Cohen, 2018 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Champion.

Interested in competing?

Fill this out by Wed. Jan. 30, 2019 at 12 pm. For more information, please contact Brian Millado, Community Engagement Coordinator, UTSC Student Life, at brian.millado@utoronto.ca.

The rules of the Poetry Slam are quite simple:

  • Bring 2 poems
  • 12 slots open for competing poets
  • There will be 2 rounds
  • No props, no instruments, etc.
  • Each poem max. limits are 3 minutes with a 10-second grace period for every poet to drop their fire, with a 0.5 penalty for every 10 seconds afterward

Note: Not all poems during the poetry slam portion need to be centered around black history/experience, but we encourage and are prioritizing black stories and black-identifying persons to slam. Open mic is open to all.

Poetry Slam Prizes
  • 3rd Place: $20
  • 2nd Place: $30
  • 1st Place: $100

Just want to share poems on stage? There is an Open Mic available for all ages! (The maximum amount of slots is 5. Please sign up the day of the event.)

This event is co-presented by the UTSC Department of Student Life and Hart House.

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