DSU Poetry Slam

Did you know poetry could be competitive? DSU does. On Thursday, Oct. 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Trojan Center Underground on the DSU campus, DSU students and area residents are invited to attend the DSU Poetry Slam. This competitive art of performance poetry is in its second year at DSU. The event is free to attend and refreshments will be served.

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets are given three minutes to perform their original work. The poems are diverse in subject matter and can vary from love poetry to searing social commentary. Because of this, explicit content and language may be part of some of the performances.

“Open style, open topic, rhyming, or subject matter, it can be anything. It’s about the performance. I’m excited to compete since I’ve never done it before, “said Shane Whidby, an English Education major at DSU.

Whidby serves on a student team that will be taking on a faculty and staff team that includes DSU’s interim president, David Borofsky; Assistant Professor of English, Stacey Berry; Math Center Coordinator, Brenda Burger; Associate Professor of English, Justin Blessinger; Diversity Coordinator, Jennifer Aranda; Assistant Professor of English, Carmela Lanza; Vice President for Student Affairs, Jesse Kane; and Reference and Instruction Librarian, Mary Francis.

There are rules that must be followed during the poetry slam. No props, costumes, or musical instruments are allowed. The emphasis is on their writing and performance of the piece and what they are saying and how they are saying it.

The most intriguing thing about a poetry slam is the audience involvement. Slam is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show, including the poet’s performance, the five judges’ scores, and the host’s banter. 

To kick the event off, Zedeka Poindexter, the 2012 Omaha Slam Poet Champ, will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. After her riveting performance, she will continue as the host for the evening, and the sacrificial poet will perform to get the competition started. The rest of the evening will be the DSU faculty vs. six DSU students in a performance poetry standoff. After the contest, an open mic session will take place for those audience members who feel inspired to entertain the crowd. 

This is the second year of the event sponsored by the DSU English club and College of Arts and Sciences with direction from Lanza and Berry. Please come join us in celebrating the competitive art of a poetry slam.


Last Updated: 10/22/12