The one that started them all!

Now in its 29th year, The Uptown Poetry Slam is the not only the longest running show in Chicago, but the original poetry slam on the planet. Every week, slam originator Marc Smith takes the stage with co-host, J.W. Basilo to bring a raucous performance poetry show to standing room only audiences. That’s right, what has been called “the most important literary movement of our time,” all began with one show and that show is still running every Sunday at the Green Mill.This isn’t your everyday poetry reading; the slam is an engaging, interactive, free-for-all that has to be seen to be understood. A live band sets the mood for the show and never fails to impress. The show begins with an open mic at 7PM and is followed by a “feature set” at 8PM, spotlighting some the hottest talent in the country. Once the crowd is good an warmed up, the world famous slam competition kicks off at 9PM. Want to sign up to perform a poem and brave the notorious snaps and stomps? Get there early, as the lists are usually full by the time the show starts. Want to come and check it out? Get there early, as the joint is frequently at capacity. So what are you waiting for? Come see the show that started them all!

Upcoming Featured Guests:

JUNE 7
Special Guests:    Carrie Rudzinski, full time performance poet and filmmaker who has performed her work for audiences across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and India. Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and 7th in the world at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ob6snXWhvo
Plus the music Steve Hashimoto (bass), Bob Long (piano), and Heath Chappell (drums).
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10. Wow!
Hosted by J. W. Basilo while Marc is on tour in Germany
JUNE 14
Special Guests:    Canadian performance poet and musician C.R. AVERY — truly a slam legend; plus the music of CAM’S TIE
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10. Wow!
Hosted by J. W. Basilo while Marc is on tour in Germany
JUNE 21
Special Guests: From  NYC Slam Champion multi-voice duet SPEAK LIKE A GIRL; plus the music of FUTZ.
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10. Wow!
Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith &  J.W. Basilo
JUNE 28
Special Guests:   Award winning poets PARNESHIA JONES, ANGELA JACKSON, & ELLEN HAGAN; plus cameo spotlight visit from KIRAN SINGH SIRAH, president of the International Storytelling Center
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10. Wow!
Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo
JULY 5
Special Guests: Famed poet and author Billy Lombardo. Originally from the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago Billy has kept poetry and audiences on their feet for years. Billy also has an MFA in creative writing  and teaches English Literature  and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago.

 JULY 12

Special Guests: DIANA LAWRENCE & THE DISHES

Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo

 JULY 26

Special Guests: Chicago’s beer-vendor poet BOB CHICO; plus the music of FUTZ
Matt Conway on keys, Jeremiah Hunt on bass, Jamie Gallagher on kit and Aaron Rybski on horns.

Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
Right off the Lawrence CTA Red Line and several major bus lines
Sign-up starts at 6PM
Show starts promptly at 7PM and ends at 10PM
$7 cover
21+, strictly enforced

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