THIRD THURSDAYS @ the SNITE: A Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!


Location: Snite Museum of Art

The second annual Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! will be held from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, as part of the THIRD THURSDAYS @ the SNITE event series. The poetry slam is open to anyone in the community age twelve and older but only twelve poets will be selected to compete. The general public is invited to attend this free event organized in collaboration with the University’s Creative Writing Program and student club, Spoken Word ND.

The twelve competitors will be randomly selected from the list of those registered. Poets interested in participating should register in advance by providing their name and contact information to Coleen Hoover, UND Creative Writing Program, either by phone at (574)-631-4799 or email at

During the evening the duties of master of ceremonies will be by University of Notre Dame junior Marc Drake.  Drake is president of the student club, Spoken Word ND, which is one of the co-hosting campus organizations.

The Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! on Thursday, March 20 is free and open to all.   Refreshments will be served during the event and free parking is available in the B1 lot south of the football stadium after 4:00 p.m.  The event is supported by the Snite Museum of Art’s Ashbaugh Endowment for Educational Outreach.

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which individual poets publically perform their work and are judged by a panel consisting of members of the audience selected at random.  The basic rules for the poems and their performance are simple. The poems can be on any subject and in any style but must be the original creations of the performers. The performance of each poem can be no more than three minutes in length, and may not include the use of props, costumes, musical accompaniment, or memorization aids. The judges rate each performed poem on both its dramatic presentation and its content. A tabulator calculates each contestant’s score. In each round the highest and lowest of the judges’ scores are thrown out. Each poet will go through two rounds of performances; no poem can be repeated.

The THIRD THURSDAYS @ the SNITE event series is designed to offer creative and enjoyable opportunities for learning more about the visual and performing arts as well as conversations with convivial people.

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