The search begins for Queensland’s best spoken word poet

The annual Australian Poetry Slam competition will travel the state to draw out local talent in the search for Queensland’s best spoken word poet.

Poetry Slams are electric live events where contestants have two minutes on stage to impress the judges with a spoken word performance of an original poem. The Queensland leg of the national competition is coordinated by State Library of Queensland.

“Poetry Slam will see State Library working with public libraries and communities throughout Queensland to develop and showcase local talent through workshops and live performances,” said State Librarian Janette Wright.

Wordsmiths of all genres are encouraged to take to the stage and leave their mark at the mic, with the lure of $12,000 of cash and prizes on offer.

The competition will see heats and workshops take place in eight locations around the state: Blackall, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, Goondiwindi, Logan, North Lakes and Brisbane. They will run from now until the end of August.

Two finalists from each heat will be flown in to compete in the State Finals at State Library in September. The State Champion and Runner Up will then travel to Sydney to compete for the Australian title.

Free workshops will also be held at each location prior to the heats. The workshops, run by experienced Poetry Slam mentors, will introduce newcomers to this unique form of performance poetry and help contestants sharpen their words before they hit the stage.

Now in its seventh year, Poetry Slam has unearthed local talent from around the country and seen a diverse range of performers and voices take to the stage.

“Poetry Slam events provide an exhilarating experience for both performer and audience and offer enormous opportunities for creative and professional development to participants,” Ms Wright said.

“Programs like Poetry Slam are great in that they attract people from all walks of life, right across Queensland, to participate in a creative experience and have their voices heard.”

The Queensland tour of the Australian Poetry Slam is coordinated by the State Library of Queensland in partnership with local public libraries and regional arts organisations.

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
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