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!

August 17th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Special Guest: Diana Lawrence and The Dishes Garnering Comparisons to Regina Spektor, Carole King, and Cole Porter, Chicago band Diana and The Dishes present a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship, and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has taken their city by storm, playing rock venues such as the Double Door, the Abbey Pub, and Subterranean, as well as listening rooms, including Uncommon Ground and The Green Mill. Their debut album, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011. dianaandthedishes.com

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

August 24th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Special Guests: Bryant Cross and Gage Wallace will be duking it out for ultimate bragging rights in this friendly slam bout. Bryant
Cross was on Lethal Poetry’s National Poetry Slam team this year and has just released his chapbook “Out of the Asphalt Jungle Smelling Like Mild Sauce.” And Gage Wallace is not only a performance poet but a founding member and company member of Red Theatre, Chicago. Both have performed all over the country and both are incredibly talented. Who will it be?

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

August 31st:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

Labor Day Bash!

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

September 7th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basillo

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. Basillo

Special Guest: “Seven Tattoos”

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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