Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.



Laurie May is a Central Australian performance poet and educator originally from the Gulf of Carpentaria. After a few years working in Uganda and Darwin as a journalist, Laurie felt the desert calling and packed everything into the car and headed to the centre. Alice Springs has been her home for six years, working as the Artistic Director for The Dirty Word and Red Dirt Poetry Festival and Manager of Bush Bands Bash.

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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.