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IPA Sponsors First Poetry Slam Competition

The Iowa Poetry Association is excited to share a new opportunity for spoken word and slam poets! Spoken word and slam poetry continue to establish themselves as powerful forms, and we're happy to announce the IPA Poetry Slam as our search for an Iowa champion.

IPA is hosting a series of poetry slams across the state between November 2022 and April 2023. The top 4 poets at each slam will be invited to the final stage at Poetry Palooza in Des Moines on April 6, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Jr. High School Cafeteria. The winner of the IPA Poetry Slam final stage will go on to represent Iowa at the NFSPS Blackberry Peach National Poetry Slam in June 2023 in Des Moines!

IPA Poetry Slam Qualifier 1 -- Perry, IA - Nov. 11, 2022

The first slam competition took place on Friday, Nov. 11 as part of Art on the Prairie. The event was held at the Gamble Block Brewery in Perry, IA, and it was a big hit! We ran out of seating TWICE with a total attendance of around 40 people, including our 10 competing poets and 5 judges.

By the end of the night, we named our top 4 poets moving on to the final stage in April: Josh Borgmann, Annika Pfister, Prince Harrison Jr., and Summer Awad. Congratulations to our top 4 poets and to all the poets who competed in our first-ever IPA Poetry Slam Qualifier!

You can watch a recording of the first qualifying slam on Facebook.

Upcoming IPA Poetry Slam Qualifying Rounds

We are currently working to secure venues and date for the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids and Des Moines qualifiers. Keep an eye out for more details on competition dates, locations and registration. If you have questions, please contact IPA Poetry Slam Co-Chairs, Kelsey Bigelow (kelsey@kelkaybpoetry.com) and Laura Johnson (laurajwrites24@gmail.com).

Advance registration is suggested. For those who would like to participate, send an email to ipa@iowapoetry.com with "Slam Entry" in the subject line by the Friday before your respective qualifying slam. More event details will be posted on this website and on IPA's Facebook page.


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