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:

December 7th:Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. BasiloSpecial Guests: Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble member Bryant Cross. Bryant is the founder of the 500 Campaign and member of the Lethal Poetry Slam team, Chicago Artists Against Gun Violence Coalition, and Writes of Passage Collective. Like it or not he has a lot to say about  our city.Plus the music of Steve Hashimoto (bass), Carter Luke (piano), and Heath Chappel (drums)Open Slam: Read or recite your own poem and maybe win $10. Wow!

December 14th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble members Shelley Elaine Geiszler and Nate Olison. Shelley Elaine Geiszler is a member of the Speak’Easy Ensemble and will surely leave you grabbing your sides. Nate Olison is also a Chicago Slam Works Teaching Artist and founder of Westside School for the Desperate. He was a member of the Lethal Poetry Slam team that made it to group finals this past year at the National Poetry Slam.

Plus the music of Futz–

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

December 21st:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: The annual visit from the SPIRIT OF XMAS EXPECTATIONS

plus the music of Futz– and maybe a few other Xmas surprises

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

December 28th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble will be giving you a preview of their new show “Redline(d)”

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

January 4th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: Marc “So What?” Smith

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

January 11th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: The fabulous Diana and The Dishes

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

January 18th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guests: Back from the Lausanne Slam Festival Chicago’s SpeakEasy Ensemble featuring Dan Sullivan, Molly Meacham, Shelley Elaine Geiszler, Joel Chmara, and Tim Stafford

plus the music of Futz!

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

January 25th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith and J.W. Basilo

Special Guest: The amazing Slam Legend Buddy Wakefield

plus the music of Cam’s Tie!

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

FEB.  1

We regret to inform you The Green Mill will be closed tonight. Stay tuned for Andy Karol’s rescheduled feature.

FEB.  8
Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo
Special Guests: From Milwaukee Slam Legend Matt Cook; plus the music of Futz
 
Open Slam Competition: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10.

FEB 15th:

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo
 

Special Guests: From the mining town of Monkey’s Crevice, West Virginia the FAMOUS BROTHERS [Will Clinger, Darren Stevens, & Richard Vamos] known for classic bluegrass three-part harmony with an original comic twist, — “Armageddon’ Ready for the Second Coming (‘Cause the First One Came Too Fast)” and “It Took A Single Piece of Rope to Take My Brother’s Life (But I Got Twenty Ways to Kill You With My Swiss Army Knife.”)

Open Slam Competition: read or recite your poem and maybe win $10

February 22nd:
Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith & J. W. Basilo
 
Special Guests: EUGENIA LEIGH author of Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014). The recipient of fellowships and awards from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, Rattle, and the Asian American Literary Review, Eugenia received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and serves as the Poetry Editor of Kartika Review. She tweets @eugenialeigh and can be found at www.eugenialeigh.com.
Plus the music of FUTZ – Brad Macdonald on piano, Junius Paul on bass, Jamie Gallagher on drums, and Aaron Rybski on sax and flute.
 
Open Slam Competition: 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

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