Pompano Beach Arts is proud to announce that television icon Malcolm-Jamal Warner is joining the fourth annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival as a celebrity judge. The famed star of The Cosby Show and current hit The Resident will also be performing his poetry at the festival and sharing thoughts about his career during an Artist Talk. Warner, who is a Grammy Award winner, has tackled many important issues with his spoken word performances including problems with the penal system and in 2020 he chronicled life as a black man with his film Word Warriors III.
Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival is a three-day, virtual poetry festival that seeks to serve the community through educational, theatrical, and literary performances. The festival will nurture, support, and showcase regional, national, and international writers, facilitators, and artist from all over the country to honor the creative genius of our own cultural arts pioneers. The festival includes writing workshops, artists' talks, and the Slam Poetry competition. In its fourth year, the Exit 36 objectives remain the same -- to pay homage to poetry, spoken word, literacy, community engagement, and to celebrate the arts. The 3-day event attracts the premier spoken word artists in the country and will take place December 9-11, 2021 at the City’s cultural venues.
3-day All-Access Festival Pass l December 9 – 11 l $30 l Tickets
This Festival Pass provides you with access to all the events below.
Daily Pass l $15 l Tickets
Access to all festival bouts and two artists' talks
Virtual Pass l $15 l Tickets
Poet registration is full but to be placed on the waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
POETS WILL NEED A TOTAL OF 5 POEMS TO WIN
Preliminary rounds will be all 15 poets performing one poem with no eliminations.
*All 15 poets make final stage
The 1st place winners of the preliminary rounds will be awarded a refund of their $150 registration. If a poet wins more than one preliminary bout the $150 prize can be gifted to the runner-up of that bout, per the winning poet’s request.
*Final Stage 15 – 8 – 4
Final Stage is cumulative first 2 rounds. Final round is clean slate.
Half Point deduction for every 10 secs over allotted time
Prelims poets will have a three minute and a 10 second grace
Final Stage will be a three minute and a 10 second grace
NO POEM REPEAT
Tie breaks will be decided by highest overall score except for the last round on final stage, which will be broken by poem, which can be a repeat poem.
Protest to Scores must be done after bout before score sheets are signed. Once score sheets are signed no protest can be issued.
Score sheets MUST BE signed by all competitors.
Two Judges will be randomly selected. With the remaining three randomly selected from a pre-selected group of Judges if available.
No reading of poems on final stage
Bout Draw will be done by the poets prior to each bout.
1st place : $2,500
2nd Place : $1,500
3rd Place : $1,000
Thursday, Dec 9, 2021
Ali Cultural Arts Center
Friday, December 10, 2021
Blanche Ely House Museum
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Saturday, December 11, 2021
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Exit 36, please email Beeccentrich@gmail.com directly with how you would like to help from the list below:
Scores will be updated here the next day after each bout and once score sheets are signed by all competitors.
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Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival is sponsored in part by the Pompano Beach Arts Foundation.