Slam Poetry Week

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Participate in slam poetry workshops, attend a slam poetry performance by Sister Outsider Poetry, and enter the St. Thomas slam poetry contest!

Date & Time:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 17-Friday, February 19, 2016


Various Locations

Sponsored by Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, STAR, Luann Dummer Center for Women, American Culture and Difference, and English, Slam Poetry Week will be take place from the 16th through the 18th, and will feature Sister Outsider Poetry (Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman). They will perform on Thursday, February 18th, at 7:00pm in ASC James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall (North). Performances by Dominique and Denice can be found on the Sister Outsider Poetry website.

Slam Poetry Week will culminate with a student slam in ASC Scooters on Friday the 19th at 5:30pm. The slam will be hosted by former St. Thomas student, Mike Mlekoday, author of The Dead Eat Everything, winner of the 2012 Wick Poetry Prize.

All St. Thomas poets are invited to compete in the slam. Poets will need two poems to perform, each one under three minutes long. The slam will consist of two rounds, with the winners receiving $150, $50, and $25 in Express dollars for first, second, and third place.

Dominique, Denice, and Mike will lead two workshops earlier in the week, one on Wednesday the 17th at 5:30pm in ASC 202 (facilitated by Mike) and the other on Thursday the 18th at noon (facilitated by Dominique and Denice), to help students work on their writing and delivery. Students scheduled to compete in the slam are encouraged to attend these workshops; they are open, however, to any student interested in learning more about performance poetry.

If you’re interested in being a part of the slam, please contact Dr. Todd Lawrence ( or Peggy Jerabek (, Program Coordinator for Student Diversity and Inclusion Services. They need to know in advance who the participants will be, so let them know if one of them will be YOU.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.