Southern Fried Poetry Slam is the second largest poetry festival in the nation. Annually, 32 teams representing 32 cities meet for a four-day exhibition of poetic skill. Each day of the festival offers poetry exhibitions, writing workshops, community service projects and theme based open mics.
Started in 1993 to highlight the southeastern region of the nation, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is one of the fastest growing Poetry communities. In 2017, the festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in a state and city where it's never been held before...Louisville, Kentucky!
All Access Pass includes the events below, please note all events are general admission, first come, first served. All Access Passes will not be mailed and are available for pick up starting Wednesday, June 7th.
*Turndown Cypher, Workshops, and Slam Master Slam are only available to All Access Pass holders.
Preliminary Bouts - These 'bouts' are individual slams where 4 registered teams/cities compete. Before each bout, a representative of each team meets with the bout manager to draw team order. The letters A, B, C, and D are written on folded paper and drawn by the representatives of each team. The Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater, North Lobby, Mary Anderson Room, and Clark-Todd Hall
*Turndown Cypher - The Turndown Cypher is an after competition gathering where poets and local artists can mingle and perform for one another. Wednesday, June 7 @ 11:30 PM, Location TBD
*Workshops - Workshops will be facilitated by award winning authors and performance artists. Thursday, June 8 @ 10:15 AM and Friday, June 9 @ 10:15 AM, KMAC Museum
*Slam Masters Slam - The 'Slam Masters Slam' is a poetry slam consisting of various coaches from various teams. The Best of The Best! Thursday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM, Mayor's Office, 527 W Jefferson St
Haiku Deathmatch - 5-7-5, The Haiku Deathmatch pits individual poets against one another in a haiku challenge. Three Flags, Majority Rules, How good is Your Haiku? Thursday, June 8 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum
Hip Hop Open Mic - Hip Hop is often acknowledged for its poetic prowess. What better place to receive rhythm and poetry (RAP) than at a poetry festival?! The Hip Hop Open Mic showcases the many versatile MC that frequent this festival. Thursday, June 8 @ 11:45 PM, KMAC Museum
Nerd Poetry Slam - Are you a self-proclaimed nerd? Well come test your strength at the Nerd Slam. This slam is fashioned for the poindexter in us all. Friday, June 9 @ 1:00 PM, KMAC Museum
Queer Poetry Slam - Come check out the poetic fluidity at our LGBTQ poetry slam. Providing a safe outlet and space for all aspects of our poetic community. Friday, June 9 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum
Erotic Open Mic - Adults reciting poetry for adults. Find a babysitter and come enjoy sensuality delivered by verse. Friday, June 9 @ 11:45 PM, The Kentucky Center Main Lobby
Indie Finals - This slam is reserved for the individual highest scores during the 3 day preliminary rounds. With no teams to support, come see how the poet does when the stage is all their own. Saturday, June 10 @ 9:30 AM, KMAC Museum
Team Finals - The top 4 teams from three days of competition will meet on the final stage. Who will be crowned Southern Fried Champs of 2017? Saturday, June 10 @ 8:00 PM, Bomhard Theater