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Welcome to Young Writers' free Poetry Glossary

What is a Poetry Slam?

A poetry slam is a spoken word poetry competition, where poets stand up in from of chosen judges picked randomly from the audience. They recite their poem for which they are then awarded points.

Slamming, as it is referred to, is said to have started in America with Marc Smith being labelled the founder in 1984. He originally started at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago. In 1986 it moved to its permanent home, The Green Mill Jazz Club.

Why don't you try writing a poem and enter it into one of our competitions.

More poetry terms below.

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Please see below for other poetry terms!
Please also visit our Poetry Glossary – Poetry Types

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