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 beeccentrich@gmail.com.



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


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 Props

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

Event Schedule

Thursday, Dec 9, 2021

Ali Cultural Arts Center

  • Artist Talk & Happy Hour l 6 pm - 7 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)
  • Preliminary Bout l 7 pm - 8 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)
  • Artist Market & Pop-Up Poetry l 8 pm to 9 pm

Friday, December 10, 2021

Blanche Ely House Museum

  • Lunch Time Story Slam l 12 pm - 1 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

  • Artist Talk l 6 pm - 7 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)
  • Preliminary Bout l 7 pm - 8 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)
  • Artist Market & Cyphers l 8 pm - 9 pm

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

  • Final Stage l 7 pm - 10 pm (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Become a Volunteer

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:

  1. Judge – Will score the poets on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0 and assist in determining the winners.
  2. Score Keeper – Will keep official bout scores of the festival and report as needed.
  3. Time Keeper - Will keep official bout time for poet performances.

Competing Poets

Wayne Henry
Native Child
Mori Taiye
Black Chakra
Lady Brion
Ephraim Nehemiah
Charles Hines
Masaki Takahashi
Jahman Hill
Sun Luu
Genius Jones


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.