LEAF Poetry SlamEach Festival, LEAF hosts a dynamic array of incredibly talented adult and youth poets to share their creative talents in a series of slams. Check out all of the current and past winners below!
LEAF Southern Fried Poetry Slam – Fall ’16
1st Place Poetry Slam: Ed Mabrey
2nd Place: Ashley Haze
By: Slammaster James Nave’
You must buy in advance a Saturday LEAF Festival pass (approx $55- check TICKET PAGE) which includes: 1) Entrance to LEAF Poetry Slam; 2) Admission to all LEAF Festival events. Buy your Saturday Ticket (which is also your LEAF Slam pass) online HERE or call 828. 68-MUSIC [686-8742]. NOTE: Passes are sold only in advance.
Sign-Up Location & Schedule
Eden Cabaret Hall (See festival map upon arrival & double check stage schedule)
1-1:45 p.m. Signup at Eden Cabaret Hall Porch on the south side of the building facing the tennis courts.
2:00-4:00 p.m. Qualifying Round Eden Cabaret Hall main stage.
***Top 12 scoring poets advance to evening show***
8:00-11:00 p.m. Slam Finals Eden Cabaret Hall main stage:
NOTE: Slam starts at 8:30 p.m. Your call time is 8:00 pm, Eden Hall Cabaret.
- 1st Place: $1000.00 plus LEAF Weekend Performer Pass (Friday-Sunday) includes food, guest not included ($250.00 Value). Redeem for one festival only, good for three years.
- 2nd place: $125.00 plus LEAF Weekend Performer Pass (Friday-Sunday) includes food, guest not included, $250.00 Value. Redeem for one festival only, good for three years.
- 3rd place: $100.00 plus LEAF Weekend Performer Pass (Friday-Sunday) includes food, guest not included ($250.00 Value). Redeem for one festival only, good for three years.
- 4th-8th place: LEAF Saturday Pass (Saturday 9am-2am) does not include food or guest, approx $60.00 value. Redeem for one festival only, good for three years.
- 2nd-8th place, SPECIAL LEAF TRADITION: Before the 4th Round we pass the hat. Our average take is $550 in 10 minutes. Think church collection. We split this evenly between 2nd-8th place. $78.57 per poet on average, sometimes it’s less; sometimes it’s more.
Poetry Slam Rules
1) Time Limit: 3 minutes 20 Seconds. Half point (.05) time penalty for every 10 seconds over; 2) No Props; 3) Must be your original work; 4) Check your ego at the door.
Afternoon Qualifying Poetry Slam Round
All poets compete. Top 12 scoring afternoon poets advance to the evening finals.
Evening Final Poetry Slam Rounds
- Round One: 12 poets drop to 6 poets
- Round Two: 6 poets drop to 4 poets
- Round Three: (Improvisational) 4 poets, nobody dropped in this round.
- Round Four: 4 poets drop to 3 poets. Cumulative Scoring over. Drop Cumulative Scores; go to sudden death
- Round Five: 3 poets drop 2 poets: Top scoring poet wins $1000.
- Round Six: Only in case of a tie.
LEAF Teen Poetry Slam
1st Place Youth Poetry Slam: Vee
The Voice of the Next Generation
LEAF Youth Slam is hosted by young vibrant Poets, is a show of sound and fury, and laughs, and silence… The Youth have plenty to say about a lot of things, including where we think we’re headed as a community! Come out to Roots Family Stage Saturday late afternoon, and hear a piece of fortune or participate as a random audience judge! ANY KID MAY ENTER– Check schedule & sign up just before SLAM at the Roots Family Stage.
“Share your gift, share your story, share your journey ~ LEAF welcomes the next generations of youth visionaries to share their voice with the world.” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director
Slam Master Nave’