Dead Poet’s Slam April 12 at the Heritage Grill

This exciting poetry event is part of Lit Fest New West, an event created to celebrate the literary arts in our community. There are a lot of parts to Lit Fest New West, including workshops, readings, and a mixed media exhibition of works inspired by words at the Arts Council Gallery in Queen’s Park. Check out the Arts Council website for a complete itinerary.

I think most of us remember the opening of the 2010 Olympics and Shane Koyczan’s We Are More:

Although this wasn’t my first experience with a poetry slam, this was one of the few I have seen elevated to enormous proportions and is one that many people use to describe what a slam is. New Westminster has a group, Slam Central, that meets every Thursday at the Heritage Grill.  During the Lit Fest New West, a special version, a Dead Poet’s Slam,  is happening April 12 at the Heritage Grill.

From Lit Fest New West’s website: “A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work but at a Dead Poet’s Slam poets read a Dead Poet’s poetry and sometimes dressed in costume to resemble the Dead Poet. Performances are judged by five randomly selected members of the audience. Before the competition begins, the host will often bring up a “sacrificial poet”, whom the judges will score in order to calibrate their judging.”

Dead Poet’s Slam hosted by Reese McBeth. $5 admission at the door. Doors 7:15 PM. Slam Signup 7:30 – 7:55 PM. Slam starts at 8:00 PM The top three winners of Thursday’s Slam will slam off on Saturday April 14th to close out the Lit Fest New West Show Case on the mainstage at Douglas College.