National Poetry Slam Comes to Boston

August 12, 2013

Franny Choi performs on the Finals stage of the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Photo by Marshall Goff, art by Melissa Newman-Evans.Tomorrow night the 2013 National Poetry Slam officially kicks off in greater Boston, our home megalopolis. During this week-long festival, seventy-two teams of poets from all over the U.S. and Canada will compete for the title of 2013 NPS champions. There’s more to NPS than the evening competitions, though; there are also day and youth events and late-night events through Thursday. Download the festival guide for all the info. You can also keep up with the play-by-play of the tournament by following the SlamCenter podcast.

PDR has always been more “page” than “stage,” but we’ll be stepping out all this week to hear from this amazing community of performance poets. We’ll also be rooting for the home team, two of whom (Jade Sylvan and Sean Patrick Mulroy), are featured in the Black Key Press anthology Best Indie Lit New England.