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2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California

August 10, 2015 @ 11:00 am - August 15, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

The 2015 National Poetry Slam is coming BACK to Oakland, California August 10th-15th, 2015!

Festival, Day and Single Event Passes available at: https://nps2015.eventbrite.com/

Up to 72 teams from around the U.S. and Canada will be accepted by Poetry Slam, Inc. to compete in the world’s BIGGEST poetry slam competition, all fighting to reach the ultimate stage: the four-team National Poetry Slam Finals.

Venue Info: http://www.npsoak.com/venues/

Bout Schedule: http://www.npsoak.com/bout-schedule/

Daily Schedule: http://www.npsoak.com/schedule/


Venues: Awaken • Bissap Baobob • Flight Deck
Impact HUB • Jack London Inn • Laurel Bookstore • Metro
Metro inside Kimballs • Shadow Lounge • Scottish Rite
SoleSpace • Venue


Programming: Championship Finals • Semi-Finals • Group Finals • Prelim Bouts • H2H Haiku • Rookie Open Mic • Indigenous People Open Mic • A Woman’s Work • Polish Your Performance • Poetic Pedagogy • Youth Speaks • Queer Open Mic • Mommas and Poppas • Twelve Tribes • The Fire (This Time) • Nerd Slam • ASL Showcase • Black Voices Rising • Grief and Rememberance • Slamfind 2.0 • Publisher Fairs • AAPI Open Mic • Comedy Showcase • Recovery Reading • Human Not Disabled • Diaspora Poetics • Gender Bender • Latino Open Mic • Black Poets Speak Out • Hip Hop HQ • Take Back the Night • Yoga • African Diaspora Showcase • Disability, Visible and Invisible Illnesss plus many more.


Listeners, writers, and performers are invited to enjoy the week-long festival, which includes daytime open mics and workshops, late-night showcases, and, of course, FIVE days of wicked competition.


This is what we’re all here for – the final round of the world’s biggest poetry slam! NPS is the largest team poetry slam anywhere and is the definitive showcase for competitive performance poetry. The top four teams from the week-long festival will vie for the title and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champions will be crowned at the end of this epic battle in front of a packed to the rafters room.

The National Poetry Slam FINALS!
August 15th
The Theater at The Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
Will Call Opens at 6pm
Showtime 8pm

Then, after the victorious team takes a hold of the stack of books with the big sword in it (that’s what the NPS trophy looks like) we’ll all take a deep breath and head to the after-party at Shadow Ultra Lounge to shake a tail-feather and reminisce about the week we just spent enjoying each others wonderful company and making plans to take over the world!

NPS Afterparty
Shadow Ultra Lounge
341 13th St (@ Webster)
FREE w/ Festival Pass or Finals Ticket Stub


The National Poetry Slam is an annual poetry slam championship tournament, where teams of poets gather to share their work with the community and to compete against each other for the national team title. The festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as spoken word’s highest profile showcase!

Visit http://www.npsoak.com/ for the latest information.


August 10, 2015 @ 11:00 am
August 15, 2015 @ 11:00 pm
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Poetry Slam Incorporated


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