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:

August 9: Chuck Perkins

Uptown Slam’s prodigal son, Chuck Perkins, returns. Chuck is an American spoken word poet, orator, narrator, and activist who infuses the rhythms and vernacular from New Orleans into his dazzling performance poetry.

Hosted by Marc Smith and J.W. Basilo.
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.

August 16: Joseph Capeheart
Joseph Capeheart is a young poet who has appeared in music venues, universities, camps, churches and bars all over the Midwest. His poetry has been featured by publishers such as Button Poetry, Everyday Feminism, and MTV.
Hosted by Marc Smith and J.W. Basilo.
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.
August 23: Bea Cordelia
 A Chicago-born slam poet, playwright, performer, activist, essayist, and researcher, Bea Cordelia uses her writing and academia for transgender activism and other forms of social change.  Six of her plays have been produced to date and many of her poems and essays published.  Most recently, she performed her own autobiographical one-lady play Chasing Blue to rave reviews and was a winner of the Goodman Theatre’s New Play Bake-Off.
Hosted by Marc Smith and J.W. Basilo.
Open Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.
 
August 30: Scott Whitehair
 
Storyteller Scott Whitehair has made it his mission to spread his love of storytelling and create as many opportunities for fellow Chicagoans to share their own stories as possible. Currently, he produces four critically-acclaimed reoccurring story series in the Chicago area, including This Much Is True, the city’s most intimate storytelling showcase, and Story Lab Chicago, which has put 250+ new or first-time storytellers onstage since its inception. As a performer, he has brought his dynamic blend of vulnerability, humor, and insight to dozens of venues throughout the Chicago area, ranging from the backrooms of neighborhood taverns to the world-famous Steppenwolf Theater.  He has also appeared on NPR, WGN Radio, and in such festivals as Fillet of Solo, Printer’s Row Lit Fest, the National Storytelling Festival, and The Chicago Improv Festival.  

Hosted by Marc Smith and J.W. Basilo.
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

When What Where
09/06/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
09/13/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
09/20/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
09/27/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
10/04/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
10/11/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
10/18/2015, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL