Due to the growth and enthusiastic response slam poetry has received worldwide, the Chicago Slam Works was born. Chicago Slam Works is a non-profit organization. Those of us within it seek to advance performance poetry, both in Chicago and around the world. How? Through live performances, education and outreach. And we have the clout to do just that.
The Chicago Slam Worksâ�� staff and founding members are pillars of the international poetry slam movement and the organizational force behind dozens of major poetry events all over the world. We love the spotlight, but donâ��t be surprised if you see us toasting others offstage as well.
What We Do
Produce Dynamic Live Performance
In addition to our flagship show â�� the world famous Uptown Poetry Slam
Â â�� Chicago Slam Works delivers quality, poetry-rich acts on stages all over Chicago. The LitMash
, Chicago Slam Worksâ�� newest monthly show, is a dynamic, brand new slam format that gathers writers from all facets of the cityâ��s live lit scene .
After two seasons of staging original theater shows, Chicago Slam Works is set to launch the all-new House Ensemble, which promises to produce original shows the likes of which the Windy City has never seen. We promise; youâ��ve never seen anything like this before. And weâ��re super proud of it.
Create Education With Impact
Chicago Slam Works inspires schools and communities to embrace the passion and power of poetry in ways never dreamed possible. Poets With Class
, the Chicago Slam Worksâ�� educational initiative, engages students by combining the crafts of writing and performance to build their confidence, literacy and appreciation for the fine arts.
Transform Community Through Partnership
Transform Community through Partnerships
By sharing organizational and programming expertise, Chicago Slam Works assists young organizations and poet entrepreneurs in developing new events and services that serve the community, expand audiences and nurture the artistic careers of performance poets.