The Slam

How does the slam work?


The poets that compete at Brave New Voices are champions from each participating city, as determined through a local competitive process. At BNV, we start with Quarterfinals, consisting of 4-5 teams, each with a minimum of 4 competing poets.

Each slam has 4 rounds, and each team participates in 2 Quarterfinals. A calibration poet will perform before the first round of each bout and the order in which the poets perform shifts in each of the four rounds. 20 teams from the Quarterfinals advance to the Semifinals. All Semifinal bouts will consist of 5 teams. The winning team of each Semifinal moves on to be 1 of the 4 teams advancing to Grand Slam Finals. There will only be 4 teams in the Finals, so there are tiebreakers in the Semifinensure insure only one winning team emerges from each bout. This year, Quarterfinal bouts and Semifinal bouts happen across two days for a total of 25 poetry slams. Every participant will get a chance to perform and listen to a lot of poetry.

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 1
Thursday, July 19
10AM-12PM
BOUT 1
SW - 101
Asheville
Tampa
Trinidad and Tobago
Twin Cities
BOUT 2
SW - 102
Des Moines
Washington DC (STR)
Dallas
Pomona
BOUT 3
Dudley Hall
Dallas Fort Worth
Kansas City, KS
Newark
Washington (WBL)
BOUT 4
F - 160
Atlanta
Baltimore
Columbus
Milwaukee
BOUT 5
AAA - AUD 1
Detroit
Greensboro
Baton Rouge
Orlando
BOUT 6
AAA - AUD 2
Saint Louis
Toronto
Madison
Hampton Roads
BOUT 7
SEC - 100
Estes Park
Jersey City
Austin
Cleveland

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 2
Friday, July 20
10AM-12PM
BOUT 8
MSM 108
San Francisco
Colorado Springs
Boston
New York
BOUT 9
SR - 117
Los Angeles
Portland
Seattle
Charlotte
BOUT 10
AAA-Aud 1
Nashville
Houston
Indianapolis
Sacramento
BOUT 11
SW - 102
Kansas City, MO
Memphis
Providence
Chicago
BOUT 12
ARC - 150
Milwaukee
Baton Rouge
Toronto
Estes Park
Kansas City, KS
BOUT 13
SEC - 103
Columbus
Greensboro
Saint Louis
Newark
Austin
BOUT 14
Dudley Hall
Baltimore
Detroit
Madison
Jersey City

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 3
Friday, July 20
2PM-4PM
BOUT 15
MSM 108
Colorado Springs
Twin Cities
Dallas Fort Worth
Orlando
BOUT 16
SR - 117
Houston
San Francisco
Trinidad and Tobago
Washington (WBL)
Atlanta
BOUT 17
AAA-Aud 1
Nashville
Charlotte
Tampa
Pomona
Hampton Roads
BOUT 18
SW - 102
Chicago
Seattle
Asheville
Cleveland
BOUT 19
ARC - 150
Providence
Portland
Indianapolis
Dallas
BOUT 20
SEC - 103
Memphis
Los Angeles
New York
Washington DC (STR)
BOUT 21
Dudley Hall
Kansas City, MO
Sacramento
Boston
Des Moines

SEMIFINALS

Friday, July 20 • 7PM

Semifinal Bout 1 & 2
Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004

Semifinal Bout 3 & 4
Texas Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

SLAM FINALS

Saturday, July 21 • 7PM

Arena Theater
7326 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX

Four top-scoring BNV teams take center stage to compete for the bragging rights of being the 2018 Brave New Voices Champions.

MC Dahlak Brathwaite
Host Cydney Edwards
DJ Dion Decibels