Art Amok! Atlanta Slam
We hold our slams
twice a month, on Saturday,
typically the 3rd or 4th,
7.30pm sign-up,open to all, first come, first served to 12, slam to follow.
We have Poetic Soul open mic, a feature, and then the slam.
It all happens at
627 E College Ave # F
Decatur, GA 30030
Sometimes as part of our series,
shows start earlier and include musicians, prompts, thematic open mics
and features, but the slam is always open to all subjects and closes out the night.
We use PSI rules & spiels for our slams, with a season running from
We don't use a points system, rather a rule of threes.
A poet qualifies for Finals by winning a slam and participating in two other Art Amok events.
Winners can do this by filling a feature slot at Art Amok,
participating in Win & Urin or an out-of town event, curating a show or hosting one.
Non-winners can qualify similarly by participating in three Art Amok slams and coming in the top five of a slam
Previous slam winners can slam as many times as they want, just not the same night as their feature, so the point is to slam often.
We don't penalize poets for arriving to the season too late to participate three times or more.For them, we hold a Last Chance, Sacrificial Lamb Slam.We take the top 1-3, depending on how many slots we have open, so long as the field isn't more than 10-12.
From Finals, we take the top 5 poets as the team.
At the first rehearsal, they're given a contract and the spiel of what is expected of them with availability, rehearsals, fundraising and participation in group work as a contributing, communicative poet.
We've had drop offs when the rehearsal realities kick in (not in '08, luckily).
Then we go down to the next poet in line on the Finals list of scores and see what his/her availability is. In 07 year we had two drop offs, but as a slamming poet slam master, I was positioned next in line.If there's a point when the list stops or availability goes lower than 4, depending on the time left in the season, we would probably withdraw or hold a slam off.
Using these scenerios, we've had a list of no more than twelve poets.
We hold a designated IWPS & WOWPS slam off which is open to all Atlanta area poets deemed as regulars at any venue in the scene---so far the ones who have asked for it and participate in it have been on teams.Should this not happen, we would invite team-ranked poets and then open up remaining slots to area poets.
We hold it as 1-minute, 2-minute-4-minute rounds, to fit the criteria outside of the usual 3-minute rule.
For WOWPS, have a slam off open to all after the slots for the highest ranked female poets are filled, those being city slam champions or champions on the national scene.
We're including criteria defining female as "once, presently, or future-tensed, socialized or personally identifying as a woman," to include any from our trans-poet population. We don't want to check under skirts and pants but we do want to acknowledge the definition of female or woman as varied in our community.
Things are also subject to change with venue or increase or decreases in the number of slams.
Backchannel me if you've any questions or concerns.