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.

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Yvonne Gluyas is a Tasmanian writer, poet and three time Australian Poetry Slam Finalist. She has also won the Launceston Poetry Cup twice; once by discussing the diplomatic relationship between Kevin Rudd and the Chinese President – performed in Mandarin. Secondly with her poem about 'a certain Launceston Identity' spray-painting over Wicked Campervan slogans! Yvonne is assisted as State Coordinator by poet and author Joy Elizabeth. As 'Words United' Joy and Yvonne organise poetic events in Tasmania, including workshops and poet's breakfasts.

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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.