“Don’t Call it a Slam”

That’s just one of the great tips in today’s Shelf Awareness on running a poetry slam. Jenn Northington, events manager for the King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City says that when she came up with the idea,

I envisioned maybe 10 poets, 20 chairs (but only 15 of them filled) and a quiet night in the store. What I got was 70 people, only 60 of whom had chairs to sit in, and two rounds of 20 plus poets each, slamming, declaiming and generally having a poetically fantastic time.

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