How Do We Pick Our Team?
We don't have a requirement--but a suggestion would be, after working with a number of poets ( via a class, club, or community organization) do a poetry slam. This gives the poets experience with the model AND identifies your team members. Do this a couple of weeks before the Asheville Wordslam, if you can, so that the winning poets have a chance to really prepare.
Who Are the Judges for the Slam?
We choose judges who have experience with spoken word poetry, either as a poet or as someone who enjoys the art form.
Who Sponsors Asheville Wordslam?
Asheville Writers in the Schools, Beth Mcdonough, coordinator of the Youth Poetry Slam at LEAF, The Urban Arts Institute and LEAF in Schools and Streets will be the primary sponsors.
Can My Business Be a Sponsor?
Yes! We are looking for t-shirt sponsors, sponsors for promotional materials and programs, and snack and beverage sponsors ( for our hungry poets). If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Janet@ashevillewritersintheschools.org
What is a Poetry Slam?
Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience or by selected judges. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance.
Former Asheville, N.C. slammaster Allan Wolf coined the phrase, "The points are not the point; the point is poetry" prior to the 1994 National Poetry Slam in Asheville. The phrase has become a mantra of sorts, reminding poets and organizers that the goal of slam is to grow poetry's audience and to engage more people in the writing of poetry.
What Are the Guiding Principles of a Youth Poetry Slam?
Youth poetry slams are all about providing the space for the world to listen to and respect powerful and creative young voices.
Every youth poet is supported and to be congratulated, whether this is his or her first slam or 15th.
Is there a registration fee?
No, but we appreciate donations!
Is the event free?
Yes, but again, we appreciate donations!
How Can I Volunteer?
We could use alot of volunteer help ahead of the event and during the event--from putting up posters, to working with school-based teams (if you are a poet/writer/performer) as a coach ( you must have a current criminal background check completed) to helping us pick up food donations, set up and clean up on the day of the events. Let us know what you are interested in--fill out the form below and submit.