Virtual Poetry Slam was created in response to the Corona Virus outbreak of 2020 to provide an online venue for Poetry Slam Santa Barbara. Spoken word poetry plays a vital role in our culture as a powerful means of self-expression. The Virtual Poetry Slam gives poets and audiences the opportunity to safely gather in a fun and compelling way as we survive and thrive in challenging times.
Virtual Poetry Slam has the same elements as a live poetry slam, but you don't have to leave your house to attend. Poets compete for cash prizes by performing their original poetry for audience members and a live DJ keeps the beats rolling . A group of pre-selected judges score the performances. You can see the full description of the event here, including instructions for poets and rules for the event.
Poetry can be an empathetic friend whose words shed light on the world. Compassion and connection is essential for our well-being. We need poets, judges and audience members to create this online poetry community. We want you to participate!
1st place - 10% of event proceeds
2nd Place - 5% of event proceeds
3rd Place - 2.5 % of event proceeds
THE 4/17 SLAM IS CANCELLED.
THE NEXT SLAM IS 5/01/20.
Every other Friday, we have an exciting lineup of spoken word poets and a live DJ.
Poets - we are excited to have you sign up to perform for the Virtual Poetry Slam! There are a limited number of poet slots, so if you don't get a spot this week, be sure to sign up early for the next event.
Every poetry slam needs three judges. Check the rules section for details. You will be emailed more detailed instructions about judging once you sign up. We will be putting you to work, so you will not need to buy a ticket. Thank you for your service to poetry!