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Poetry on exhibit at Charles H. Wright Museum

Singer at Lafayette Rooftop Party (2010) at Detroit Fireworks.
Singer at Lafayette Rooftop Party (2010) at Detroit Fireworks.
Crystal Reign Brock

Slam! Everyone is talking about it, but what is it? Slam is a poetry competition in which poets read original work, and is judged by five random pre-selected members from the audience. The judging is based on content, delivery, passion, and the piece recited must be under or at three minutes and thirty seconds.

A man by the name of Marc Smith is known for starting Slam. The year 1984, the place Get Me High Lounge in Chicago. From there Slam spread everywhere. city to city, coast to coast, no matter the place or time if you’re a poet Slam was and is the thing to do.

You all are probably thinking what does this have to do with the Charles H. Wright Museum? If you haven’t figured it out Slam is coming to the museum. On Wednesday August 4th from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. the museum along with Detroit Jazz Fest, and CityWide Poets will host the 2010 Rhythm, Roots & Rhyme Poetry Slam. There will be competitions for children and adults. For age ranges and categories contact Phoenix at, or by phone at 313-207-6572.

Wednesday night is just the beginning qualifying poets will then go on to compete at part two of the competition on Saturday August 21st at the 2010 African World Festival (Underground Café at Hart Plaza). The event will take place at 3 & 4 p.m. Finals will take place at Detroit Jazz Fest (Jazz Talk Tent) on Sunday September 5th at 7 & 8 p.m. For more information visit