PURE INK POETRY SLAM
Pure Ink Poetry is the only monthly running poetry slam in Buffalo, NY and is nationally certified by Poetry Slam Incorporated.
Pure Ink Poetry Slams happen every 4th Sunday of the month at the Gypsy Parlor located at 376 Grant Street, Buffalo NY, 14213.
WHAT’S A POETRY SLAM?
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their own work and are judged by 5 members of the audience. The host will randomly select 5 judges from the audience. The judges are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance. All poems must be of the poet's own construction. Scores are tallied from the 5 judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.
WHY SLAM POETRY?
Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance while encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.
WHY DOES PURE INK SLAM?
Because it is fun and engaging!!!
SIGN UP AND DRAWING
POEMS AND PERFORMANCE
NO REPEAT RULE
THE THREE MINUTE RULE
3:10 and under no penalty
3:10:001 - 3:20 -0.5
3:20:001 - 3:30 -1.0
3:30:001 - 3:40 -1.5
3:40:001 - 3:50 -2.0
and so on [-0.5 for every 10 seconds over 3:10]
MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT
INFLUENCING THE CROWD BEFORE THE SLAM BEGINS
All efforts shall be made to select five judges who will be fair. Once chosen, the judges will:
SECOND ROUND CUT AND ORDER
PURE INK NATIONAL SLAM TEAM
Pure Ink Poetry is a nationally certified Slam Venue that competes in the Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) National Slam Competition. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the Pure Ink Poetry Slam receive National Slam Points that help them qualify to be the top 12 poets to compete in the Pure Ink Poetry Slamtastic Slam. The Slamtastic Slam is a competition in the beginning of April that decides the 2016 Pure Ink Poetry National Slam Team.
The top four poets with the highest accumulated score at the end of the Slamtastic Slam Finals will become the Pure Ink Slam Team for the year and represent Pure Ink Poetry and Buffalo NY at the National Poetry Slam in August.
PURE INK iWPS REPRESENTATIVE
Pure Ink Poetry is a nationally certified Slam Venue that competes in the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) Competition. Any poet who has placed in the top 3 and/or competed in 3 or more Pure Ink Poetry Slams during the 2016-2017 Pure Ink Poetry Slam Season qualify to compete in the Pure Ink Poetry Slamtastic Supreme Slam Championship.
The Slamtastic Supreme Slam Championship is a competition in the later part of April that decides who will be given the title of the "Slamtastic Supreme Slam Champion". The "Slamtastic Supreme Slam Champion" will also represent Buffalo, NY and Pure Ink Poetry at the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam.
CURRENT NATIONAL SLAM POINT
Current point rankings for the National Slam the Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) National Slam Competition.