Unified Slam

youth speaks teen poetry slam champion

The Unified Slam is returning from April 25 – April 27, 2019. Bay Area Festival in celebration of National Poetry Month.



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 bout. A ‘bout’ is essentially a team slam that consist of four rounds.



Up to 30 teams will represent schools and community sites from the Bay Area (and beyond) in this year’s Unified Slam. Each school/community team will participate in two Quarter-Final Bouts. The top-scoring four teams will make it to Finals on Saturday, April 27, 2019.



  • Only 1 team per site may compete in the Unified Slam
  • Each team must consist of 4 – 6 team members
  • All team members must be 13 – 19 years of age. If there are special circumstances, please contact us.
  • One adult coach and all team members f must register your team and attend a mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13th from 10am – 1pm at the Youth Speaks Office in San Francisco.
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