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National Poetry Slam

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The National Poetry Slam NPS is a performance poetry competition where teams from across the United States, Canada, and, occasionally, Europe and Australia, participate in a large-scale poetry slam The event occurs in early August every year and in different US cities


  • 1 History
  • 2 National Poetry Slam results by year
    • 21 Team Finalists39
      • 211 Individual Finalists at NPS3
      • 212 Group Piece Finalists at NPS3
    • 22 Individual World Poetry Slam iWPS
    • 23 Women of the World Poetry Slam WOWPS
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The first National Poetry Slam was held ay Fort Mason in 1990 in San Francisco 1 It was organized by poet Gary Mex Glazner and featured three competing teams: Chicago birthplace of slam, New York City Nuyorican, and San Francisco host city1 It has been held every year since 20142

From 1990 to 2007, the National Poetry Slam held an individual poetry competition known as "indies" simultaneously with the team competition, with the poets earning the highest ranking individual poems during the first two days of competition moving on the semifinal and final rounds The first winner of this event was Patricia Smith, who would go on to win the Individual National Poetry Slam Championship title a record four times3

Starting in 2004, Poetry Slam Inc PSI began hosting a separate event called the Individual World Poetry Slam IWPS, in which solo poets, rather than teams, competed for the championship title4 Because of the popularity of iWPS and to avoid the confusion of two "individual" poetry slam titles being awarded ever year, Poetry Slam Inc decided to cancel the "indie" competition at the National Poetry Slam5

In 2008, the "Indie Finals" was replaced with the "Group Piece Finals," in which the teams with the highest ranking group pieces multi-voice poems featuring more than one poet competed for the title Only teams who weren't already eligible for NPS semifinals were allowed to compete, with New York, NYC-Urbana being the first Group Piece Finals championship team

Also in 2008, the Women of the World Poetry Slam WOWPS was introduced, in which only female and female-identified poets are allowed to compete6 The first WOWPS was held in Detroit, Michigan and the first WOWPS champion was Andrea Gibson7

In 2008, poet Harlym 125 created an unofficial individual competition called the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition NUPIC as a response to the absence of an individual competition at NPS8 The winner of this competition has traditionally been given a showcase spot on the finals stage at NPS

The National Poetry Slam has also been the subject of several feature-length documentaries, including the 1998 Paul Devlin film SlamNation, and the 2006 Kyle Fuller and Mike Henry film Slam Planet

National Poetry Slam results by yearedit

Team Finalists39edit

Year Winner Runners Up Number of Competing Teams Host City
2016 Slammageddon Baltimore10 2 San Diego PoetrySLAM
3 The House Slam Boston
4 Austin NeoSoul
72 Decatur, Georgia
2015 The House Slam11 2 Hawaii Slam
3 Berkeley Slam
4 Denver Mercury Poetry Slam
72 Oakland, California
2014 DC Beltway Poetry Slam12 2 New York, NYC-Urbana
3 Slam New Orleans
4 Denver, Slam Nuba
72 Oakland, California
2013 Slam New Orleans13 2 Hollywood Da Poetry Lounge
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 Elevated! San Diego
70 Boston
2012 Slam New Orleans14 2 Killeen, Texas
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 Hollywood Da Poetry Lounge
72 Charlotte, North Carolina
2011 Denver, Slam Nuba 2 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 Providence Poetry Slam
4 Columbus, Ohio Writing Wrongs
76 Boston
2010 St Paul, Soapboxing 2 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 Durham, North Carolina Bull City Slam Team
4 Austin, Neo Soul
78 St Paul, Minnesota
2009 St Paul, Soapboxing 2 Albuquerque, ABQ Slams
3 San Francisco
4 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
68 West Palm Beach, Florida
2008 Charlotte, SlamCharlotte 2 New York, louderARTS
3 Austin
4 Boston, Cantab
75 Madison, Wisconsin
2007 Charlotte, SlamCharlotte 2 Killeen, TX Rhyme or Die
3 New York, louderARTS
4 Denver, Slam Nuba
5 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
76 Austin, Texas
2006 Denver 2 Austin, Southflavas
3 New York, louderARTS
4 DC-Baltimore
5 Miami
75 Austin, TX
2005 Albuquerque, ABQ Slams 2 Charlotte, Slam Charlotte
3 Fort Worth
3 Hollywood Da Poetry Lounge
75 Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004 Hollywood Da Poetry Lounge 2 Denver
3 Dallas
4 Berkeley
69 St Louis, Missouri
2003 Los Angeles 2 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 Austin
4 Oakland
63 Chicago
2002 New York, NYC-Urbana/ Detroit Tie 3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 Seattle
54 Minneapolis
2001 Dallas 2 Los Angeles
3 Seattle
4 New York, NYC-Urbana
56 Seattle
2000 New York, NYC-Urbana 2 San Antonio
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 New York, louderARTS
56 Providence, Rhode Island
1999 San Francisco & San Jose Tie 3 New York, louderARTS 4 Oakland 48 Chicago
1998 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2 Dallas
3 Los Angeles
4 Cleveland
45 Austin
1997 New York, Mouth Almighty 2 Chicago, Green Mill
3 Cleveland
4 Worcester
33 Middletown, Connecticut
1996 Providence 2 Berwyn
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 Austin
27 Portland, Oregon
1995 Asheville 2 Cleveland
3 Boston
4 Maine
27 Ann Arbor, Michigan
1994 Cleveland 2 Boston
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4 Asheville
24 Asheville, North Carolina
1993 Boston 2 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 Cambridge
4 Cleveland
23 San Francisco
1992 Boston 2 San Francisco
3 Ann Arbor
17 Boston
1991 Chicago, Green Mill 2 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 San Francisco
4 Boston
8 Chicago
1990 Chicago, Green Mill 2 San Francisco
3 New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
3 San Francisco

Individual Finalists at NPS3edit

Year Winner Runners Up

Final year Indies held
Danny Sherrard 2 Christopher Michael
3 Shannon Leigh
4 Alvin Lau
Other finalists: Kealoha, Michael Guinn, 6 is 9, Ed Mabrey, Oz, Robbie Q Telfer
2006 Anis Mojgani 2 Alvin Lau
3 Jon Goode
4 Lee Knight Jr
Other finalists: Erin Jackson, Jamie Kilstein, Amy Weaver, Iyeoka Okoawo, Falu, Travis Watkins
2005 Janean Livingston Anis Mojgani tie 3 Ragan Fox
4 Christa Bell
Other finalists: Jamie Kennedy, Eric Darby, Xero Skidmore
2004 Sonya Renee 2 Jaylee Alde
3 Shane Koyczan
4 Andrea Gibson
5 Chunky
6 Kimberley Brazwell
7 Rives, Alvin Lau, Janean Livingston
2003 Mighty Mike McGee 2 Shane Koyczan
3 Delisle
4 Soul Evans
5 Omari
6 Suzy La Follette
7 Corina Delgado
8 Anis Mojgani
9 Da Shade
10 Jive Poetic
2002 Sekou tha Misfit 2 Corbet Dean
3 Kamal Symonette-Dixon
4 Xero Skidmore
5 Rives
6 Gina Loring
7 Shane Koyczan
8 Joel Chmara
2001 Mayda del Valle 2 Beau Sia
3 Shawn V
4 Morris Stegosaurus
5 Angela Boyce
6 Mama Blue
2000 Shane Koyczan 2 Bryonn Bain
3 Al Letson
4 Iyeoka Okoawo
5 Michael Cirelli
6 Bao Thien Buc Phi
1999 Roger Bonair-Agard 2 Regie Gibson
3 Gayle Danley
4 Jason Carney
5 Ray McNiece
6 Shane Koyczan
1998 Reggie Gibson 2 Derrick C Brown
3 Brian Comiskey
4 Sara Holbrook
5 Cass King
6 Patricia Johnson
1997 Da Boogie Man 2 DJ Renegade
3 Glenis Redmond
4 Evert Eden
5 Jerry Quickley
6 Monica Copeland
1996 Patricia Johnson 2 Evert Eden
3 Taylor Mali
4 DJ Renegade
5 Wammo
6 Glenis Redmond
1995 Patricia Smith 2 Wammo
3 Da Boogie Man

5 DJ Renegade
6 Taylor Mali
1994 Gayle Danley 2 Carl Hancock-Rux
3 Regie Cabico
4 Derick Prosper
5 DJ Renegade
6 Daniel Gray-Kontar
1993 Patricia Smith 2Lisa Buscani
3 The Invisible Man aka Azeem rapper
1992 Lisa Buscani 2 Patricia Smith
3 Dana Bryant
1991 Patricia Smith 2 Lisa Buscani
3 Michael Brown
1990 Patricia Smith 2 Paul Beatty

Group Piece Finalists at NPS3edit

Year Winner Runners Up
2016 ABQ Slams 2 Dada Poetry Slam
3 Burlington Ontario
4 Northampton Poetry
5 Freshwater Wordsmiths
6 OM Center Poetry Slam
7 Alchemy Slam
8 Union Square Slam
9 Nuyorican Poets Café
10 Hear Here / Houston Poetry Slam / Puro Slam tie
2015 Austin Poetry Slam15 2 Palo Alto
3 Austin Neo Soul
4 Slam Charlotte
5 Atlanta Art Amok
6 Rain City
7 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam
8 Fort Worth
9 Portland Poetry Slam
10 Seattle Poetry Slam
2014 Hear, Hear! Poetry Slam16 2 Austin Neo Soul
3 WU Slam St Louis
4 Philly Pigeon
5 Palo Alto
6 Verbal Slap
7 Lethal Poetry Chicago
8 Denver Mercury
9 Battle Born Las Vegas
10 Boise Poetry Slam
2013 Austin Neo Soul / Intangible Slam tie17 3 Java Monkey / Houston VIP tie
5 Hear Here Colorado Springs
6 Battle Born Las Vegas
7 Seattle Poetry Slam Seattle
8 Dallas Poetry Slam Dallas
9 Salt City Slam Salt Lake City
10 Sedona Poetry Slam Sedona, Arizona
2012 Austin Neo Soul18 2 Bull City Slam
3 ABQ Slams
4 Dallas Poetry Slam
5 Piedmont Poetry Slam
6 Burlington Slam Project
7 Jersey City Poetry Slam
8 Loser Slam
9 Vancouver Poetry Slam
10 Urbana
2011 ABQ Slams Other finalists: Austin Poetry Slam, The Intangible SlamNew York City, Dallas Poetry Slam, Elevated! San Diego, Houston Poetry Slam, Knoxville Poetry Slam, Austin Neo Soul, Houston VIP, and Eclectic Truth Baton Rouge
2010 Slam New Orleans Other finalists: Pomona, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, Ocotillo, Seattle, Urbana, and Toronto
2009 Berkeley Poetry Slam19 2 Seattle Poetry Slam
Other finalists: Fort Worth Poetry Slam, West Palm Beach - The Stage, Atlanta - Art Amok, California- Life Sentence Slam, New Jersey - Loser Slam, Toronto Poetry Slam, Salt Lake City - Salt City Slam, and Amarillo - Slamarillo
2008 NYC-Urbana 2 Slam Nahuatl Richmond VA
3 Killeen Texas
4 Cleveland
Other finalists: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Honolulu, Chicago-Green Mill, Phoenix, Lincroft, Seattle, and Fort Worth

Individual World Poetry Slam iWPSedit

Main article: Individual World Poetry Slam

Women of the World Poetry Slam WOWPSedit

Main article: Women of the World Poetry Slam

See alsoedit

  • Individual World Poetry Slam
  • List of performance poets
  • Oral poetry
  • Performance poetry
  • Poetry Slam
  • Poetry Slam, Inc
  • Spoken word
  • Women of the World Poetry Slam


  1. ^ a b Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe 2008 Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam Soft Skull Press "Chapter Six: Playing Nice; The First National Poetry Slam" Page 45 ISBN 1-933368-82-9
  2. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe 2008 Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam Soft Skull Press "New York City Poetry Slam Teams" Page 366-369 ISBN 1-933368-82-9
  3. ^ a b c d Poetry Slam, Inc Website: Past NPS Winners page
  4. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc Website: iWPS page
  5. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc Website: NPS FAQ page
  6. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc Website: WOWPS page
  7. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc Website: WOWPS News page
  8. ^ Spread the wordthere will be an Underground Indi's at Nat's
  9. ^ http://nps2011com/
  10. ^ "Team Finals PSI Scores" 
  11. ^ "Team Finals PSI Scores" 
  12. ^ "Team Finals PSI Scores" 
  13. ^ "Team Finals PSI Scores" 
  14. ^ "Team Finals PSI Scores" 
  15. ^ "NPS 2015 Scores" 
  16. ^ "NPS 2014 Group Piece Finals PSI Scores" 
  17. ^ "NPS 2013 Group Piece Finals PSI Scores" 
  18. ^ "NPS 2012 Group Piece Finals PSI Scores" 
  19. ^ "Complete Team Rankings" 

External linksedit

  • National Poetry Slam 2008 Website
  • Official Poetry Slam Incorporated Homepage
  • SF Hosting Poetry Slam

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