The Boston Poetry Slam has been invited to the fourth annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival! The three-day Festival kicks off on Friday, April 20 and continues through Sunday, April 22. We’ll be right in the thick of it with two shows, both hosted by Boston Poetry SlamMaster Simone Beaubien.
Youth Slam at the Old Town Hall
1:30 sign-up, 1:45 slam
32 Derby Sq., Salem, MA
To accommodate a little schedule change (among the hundreds of shows at the Festival!) the Youth Poetry Slam will now kick off at 1:45 on Saturday, April 21, with sign-ups beginning at 1:30 in the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Street. Poets between the ages of 13 and 19 years are invited to try their hand at the two-round competition! Prospective competitors will need two poems to perform, recite, or simply read off page for scores, whistles, and supportive snaps.
All-Star Demo Slam at Victoria Station
9:30 until 11:00
Pickering Wharf, 86 Wharf St., Salem, MA
The Boston Poetry Slam @ the Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be pumping up the crowd at Victoria Station on Pickering Wharf, 86 Wharf Street. This rambunctious event will feature eight all-stars selected from the slam community at large: local fans of performance poetry will recognize National Finalist Omoizele Okoawo, renowned playwright and performer April Ranger, hip-hop artist and freestyler Marlon Carey, Lizard Lounge slam champ Cole Rodriguez, Emerson College SlamMaster Maya Phillips, Worcester slam favorite Brandi MacDonald, California slam champ Christian Drake, and famed Cantab Lounge bartender Adam Stone. This is the most amazing line-up you’ll see this side of the National Poetry Slam— and all the poets will be in tip-top performance shape for the heart of National Poetry Month.