Calling all spoken word aficionados in the Roswell, Georgia area! Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 21st! TriBridge Residential will be sponsoring the Roswell Roots Poetry Slam. This event will take place at the Historic Roswell Cottage (972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell 30075) at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Atlanta native and award-winning performance poet M. Ayodele Heath!
Ayodele’s works have been featured in a variety of venues throughout the South, as well as on Turner South’s My South Speaks television campaign and in The New York Quarterly, Mississippi Review, and the anthology Poetry Slam: the Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. He has also been a top-10 finisher at the National Poetry Slam.
If you’ve never been to a poetry slam before, here’s how it works – Poets have the opportunity to perform their work for an audience, and a judging panel made up of audience members selected by the event’s host or organizer will give numerical scores based on content and on performance. These scores will be on a scale of either zero to ten. At the Roswell Roots Poetry Slam, the lowest and highest scores are dropped, with the middle three added together to give the poet a score ranging from zero to 30.
The competition is divided into four rounds – one-minute, two-minute, three-minute and four-minute rounds. Each round has a specific number of participants allowed, ensuring a great variety of poetry to be performed. At the end of the night, cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st through 5th place winners.
Whether you want to attend or are interested in participating, you can find more information on the Roswell Roots Poetry Slam at www.roswellgov.com. This event is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!
If you’ve ever been to or participated in a poetry slam before, leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your experience!