The One That Started Them All!

Every Sunday Night!

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!

The Uptown Poetry Slam will be sending a team to National Poetry Slam 2016.

All slams from here on out are preliminary rounds to fill in the remaining 12 slots. Winner of each prelim gets in. We’ll send a team of 4 poets.

MAY 1, MAY 8, MAY 15: SEMI-FINALS

6 contestants
three rounds dropping 2 on the first and second rounds
third round determines the winner of the night
However both 1st and 2nd go to the finals

MAY 22: FINALS

6 contestants NO band
Three rounds cumulative scoring
Drop one after first and second rounds (5th & 6th place become the alternates)

 

Upcoming Featured Guests:

APRIL 24, 2016

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo

Special Guests: Performance poet Lauren Singer, an assistant judge of the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the North Street Book Prize. She is a native New Yorker currently living in Western Massachusetts. Her poetry has been published in Nerve House, Bareback, Feel the Word, Read This, Kosmosis, One Night Stanzas, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and other literary magazines across the country. In 2015 she received her MSW at the University of Chicago, is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and an attendee of the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute. She has self-published three chapbooks, and received an honorable mention in the 2011 Wergle Flomp contest. In addition to her creative interests, Lauren is a licensed social worker and mental health clinician, working under a trauma-informed, harm-reductive lens. Lauren prides herself on her wealth of useless knowledge, namely of nineties R&B lyrics, and she can pretty much quote “The X-Files”.

Music provided by Steve Hashimoto (bass), Bob Long (piano), and Heath Chappell (xdrums)

Preliminary Slam: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10 and qualify for the semi-final competition this year’s National Slam Team representing the Green Mill Uptown Poetry Slam

 

 


 

 



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
05/01/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/08/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/15/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/22/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/29/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
06/05/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
06/12/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL