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The mission of the Providence Poetry Slam is to build a vibrant and diverse community around poetry through performances, workshops, visiting artist features, and robust youth programming. We create space for courageous engagement with language and truth, equipping those who have stories with the means to tell them.





The Providence Poetry Slam is one of the oldest and most respected poetry slam venues in the nation. Known for its quality work and strong community, the Providence Slam Team won the National Poetry Slam in 1996, hosted Nationals in 2000, and placed third overall in 2011. Our youth slam team reached finals stage at Brave New Voices in 2006 and 2007. Representatives from our community have also reached finals at the Individual World Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

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PROGRAMMING

Housed at AS220 and New Urban Arts, our programming includes:

  • Poetry Shows: Our bi-monthly shows at AS220 include open mics, feature performances by visiting artists, and competitive poetry slams. Anyone can sign up for our open mics and all-ages slams. Youth slams are open to poets who are 19 years old or younger.

  • Writing Workshops: All of our writing workshops are free. Youth writing workshops are usually taught by the visiting artist. Adult workshops are taught by ProvSlam staff member Astrid Drew.

  • National Slams: Every year, we send teams to the National Poetry Slam and Brave New Voices. Members of these teams receive mentorship and training with a coach, creating new work and building their writing and performance skills.

OVERALL SCHEDULE

EVERY 2ND SUNDAY

4:00 pm: Free Writing Workshop at AS220 (95 Empire St., Psychic Annex, 2nd Floor)


EVERY 1ST THURSDAY

6:00 pm: Free Youth Writing Workshop at New Urban Arts (705 Westminster St.)

8:00 pm: Poetry Show at AS220 (115 Empire St.)! All-ages open mic, feature performance, and all-ages slam.


EVERY 3RD THURSDAY

6:00 pm: Free Youth Writing Workshop at New Urban Arts (705 Westminster St.)

8:00 pm: Poetry Show at AS220 (115 Empire St.)! Youth poetry slam, feature performance, and all-ages open mic. **Half-off tickets for youth!


COMMUNITY VALUE STATEMENT

We are a community that values:

  • respect and safety for all who enter our space,

  • a diversity of voices,

  • courageous engagement with language and truth,

  • exposing silenced narratives, and

  • supporting one another along the way.  

We expect that everyone who enters our space conducts their time on and off stage in a way that shows respect to these values and to all members of our community.