Unified Slam

youth speaks teen poetry slam champion

The Unified Slam is returning April 14–18, 2020


A poetry slam is a competition in which poets share their work in front of an audience and are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 by a panel of judges from an array of backgrounds. The point of a poetry slam is to defy mediums and platforms that are traditionally given to spoken word artists in an effort to create an interactive experience for both the poets and the audience. Each registered team is guaranteed to compete in two preliminary bouts. A ‘bout’ is essentially a team slam that consists of four rounds. We are working on a new guidebook.vCheck out last year’s guidebook below.


Unified Slam 2020

Bring 4-6 poets from your school to compete against teams throughout the Bay at the annual Unified Poetry Slam Festival. For the first time ever, the Unified Slam will be a week-long festival bringing together 3 of our biggest events including MC Olympics, an olympic-style competition to highlight the best young rappers in the Bay, and the Teen Poetry Slam, where individual poets compete to represent the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival next summer. Contact programs@youthspeaks.org to reserve a field trip for your class today!

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