The one that started them all!

Now in its 27th 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:

July 13:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Joe Hernandez-Kolski

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

 

July 20th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Chicago’s own Mental Graffiti Slam Team drops by as they get ready for their appearance at the National Poetry Slam. This will be a fundraising night for the team comprised of Melanie George Decelles, Hillary Kobernick, Billy Tuggle, and Luis Tubens.

Plus the music of Futz!

Jamie Gallagher on drums, Patrick Mucahy on bass, Matt Conway on keys, and Aaron Rybski on winds

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

July 27th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Special Guest: Dan “Sully” Sullivan celebrating the release of his first book of poems The Blue Line Home published by EM Press. www.whoisdansully.com

Plus the music of Futz!

Jamie Gallagher on drums, Tim Seisser on electric bass, Matt Conway on keys, and Aaron Rybski on winds

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

August 3rd:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Special Guest: Another chance to experience actor/poet/performance artist Joe hernandez- Kolski! www.pochojoe.com

AND! From Galway, writer and performer Shaun Leonard!

Plus the music of Futz!

Patrick Mulcahy on bass, Jamie Gallagher on drums, Brad Mcdonald on piano, and Aaron Rybski on woodwinds

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

August 10th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Special Guests: A post National Poetry Slam funds- recoup performance by the Lethal Poetry: Words That Kill Slam Team.

Plus the music of Cam’s Tie!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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