Unified District Poetry Slam

What is the Unified District Poetry Slam?

As part of our dynamic Arts-in-Education programs, the Unified District Poetry Slam is an exciting opportunity for Bay Area students from 25 different high schools to perform, dialogue, and speak their minds through slam poetry. Bring a team to compete or attend and watch young people from around the Bay slam.

2017 UNIFIED DISTRICT POETRY SLAM FINALS

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Oakland Museum of California, James Moore Theater
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

Bout Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Team Check-in: 6:15AM
Doors Open: 6:30PM (Limited seating available, seats are first come first serve.)

Admission: FREE

Who is eligible to participate in the Unified District Poetry Slam?

The District Slam is open to all Bay Area High Schools. This is a team slam. That means each participating high school is required to have a team of 4-6 poets to represent them. Each school can only have 1 team. Each team must also have one designated coach that can be the adult coach.

*Eligibility to participate is contingent on your attendance at the Unified District Poetry Slam Orientation:
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Oakstop – Telegraph Event Suite
1721 Broadway St. 201 Oakland, CA, 94612
International Room, Basement
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

A Make-up Unified District Poetry Slam Orientation will be held on Saturday, April 1st at Oakstop from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Team Registration 2016 Orientation Packet*

*A 2017 Orientation Packet will be available at orientation.

Where can I practice my poetry before the Unified District Poetry Slam starts?

You and your team are encouraged to attend the following open mics. Individual and group pieces are welcome during the open mics.
Friday, March 31st @ 826 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (6:30 to sign up for open mic)

Friday, April 14th @ SoleSpace, 1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (6:30 to sign up for open mic)

How To Organize An In-School Slam

Having a difficult time creating a team to compete for Unified District Poetry Slam? Want to promote Poetry Slam Culture at your school? Are you an Advisor and/or Coach wanting to make an In-school Slam happen before participating in UDPS?

A good strategy to organize a Poetry Slam at your school is to identify a student or a group of students (to create or lean on existing SLAM Club) that would like to help make this happen. Empower this group to take the lead in coordinating, marketing, and producing the performance. The secret to a successful slam is good communication and shared decision-making between Coach(es), Advisors, and Youth Poets. In time, we hope your school can join the Unified District Poetry Slam community of competing teams.

In-School Slam Instructions

What if we are not ready to compete this year?

If you don’t feel ready to compete, come as the audience and participate in cheering on your peers as they bravely share their stories and poetry. There are a limited number of transportation subsidies available on a first come first serve basis, if you are interested in bringing a group of young people to attend as the audience. Please RSVP by completing the Field Trip Request form.

Field Trip Request

2017 DATES & BOUT LOCATIONS

Admission is FREE for all bouts.

Quarter Finals

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Mission Cultural Center – 2868 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110
Bout 1: 10AM-12PM | Team Check-in: 9:15AM | Doors Open: 9:30AM
Bout 2: 2-4PM | Team Check-in: 1:15PM | Doors Open: 1:30PM

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
New Parkway Theater – 474 24th St. Oakland, CA 94612
Bout 1: 10AM-12PM | Team Check-in: 9:15AM | Doors Open: 9:30AM
Bout 2: 2-4PM | Team Check-in: 1:15PM | Doors Open: 1:30PM

UNIFIED DISTRICT POETRY SLAM FINALS

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Oakland Museum of California, James Moore Theater – 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607
Bout Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM | Team Check-in: 6:15PM | Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Congratulations to the 2016 UDPS Champions!

We are excited to announce Los Altos High School as the 2016 UDPS Grand Slam Champion!

Student Poets:
Derek Mark
Margo Lusinchi
Jaclyn Saik
Ginger Schmidt
Emily Goto

Coach/Teacher:
Jonathan Kwan
Carrie Abel

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks