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:

September 7th:Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special guest: Billy Lombardo will be featuring at the Uptown Poetry Slam. Billy is a Chicago native and author of many books including The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, How to Hold a Woman, (OV Books 2009), a book of poetry/prose, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns (EM Press 2009) and The Man with Two Arms, (Overlook Press 2010). Billy has just completed a Young Adult novella titled, The Day of the Palindrome. He is also the co-founder of Polyphony H.S., a student run literary magazine.

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

September 14th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: “Seven Tattoos”

plus the music of Cam’s Tie!

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

September 21st:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: Jade Sylvan, called a “risqué queer icon” by The Boston Globe. She is the author of Kissing Oscar Wilde released by Write Bloody Publishing. Jade has toured as a performing artist across north America and Europe, and she co-wrote and starred in TEN which is currently on the indie film circuit.

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

September 28th:

Hosted by J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: From  Wheaton, Maryland interdisciplinary writer/performer Baraka Noel. A founding member of Freestyle Theater and Citizens of Sleep, he has worked in a variety of forms; including improv, sketch comedy, traditional theater, literary poetry, spoken word, and hip hop. Baraka Noel’s original and collaborative work has been featured at countless colleges and universities, as well as lounges and slams across the nation.

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plus the music of Futz! Aaron Rybski (reeds), Matt Conway (keys), Juniu sPaul (bass), Clif Wallace (drums)

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

October 5th:

Hosted By J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Author Cristin O’Keefe celebrating her latest books The Year of No Mistakes released by Write Bloody Publishing and Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Gotham Books/Penguin and National Slam Poet Ken Arkind. Also a Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author Ken has performed his works in 49 states, 6 countries, and at over 150 colleges and universities. He is the founding program director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find a voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. He is the author of Denver (Fast Geek Press 2013), Coyotes (Penmanship Books 2014). Ken is the poetry editor for “Suspect Press” and wrote the title poem for the Air Ball Creative short film Breathless. He makes an amazing green chile stew.

plus Cam’s Tie!

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

October 12th:

Hosted by J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Chicago writer Bill Hillman celebrating his debut novel The Old Neighborhood. Bill embodies the city’s dichotomies. A former gang affiliate and Chicago Golden Glove Champion as well as an award winning writer and storyteller. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New City, Salon.com, and has been featured on NPR. He has told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series Windy City Story Slam.

plus the music of the Steven Hashimoto (bass), Carter Luke (piano), and Heath Chappel (drums).

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

October 19th:

Hosted by J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Performance Poet Jamaal May, also an editor, and educator from Detroit, Michigan. His first collection of poems, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), won the Beatrice Hawley Award.

plus the music of Futz! Tim Seisser (Electric Bass), Jamie Gallagher (drums), Matt Conway (piano), and Aaron Rybski (sax and flute)

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

October 26th:

Hosted by J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: To Be Announced

plus the music of Futz Tim Seisser (electric bass), Jamie Gallagher (drums), Matt Conway (piano), and Aaron Rybski (sax and flute)

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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