Portraits of Harlem Poetry Slam Competition
(46 West 116th Street)
Suggested Donation of $20 | For more information: 212-348-8300
It’s only a hop, skip and jump from the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance to slam poetry. On May 15th and 29th, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem hosts two amazing evenings of contemporary creativity. You’re invited to participate, and there’ll be prize as well. From Langston Hughes to Claude McKay to Jean Toomer, the poets of the Harlem Renaissance created stunning and powerful portraits of Harlem and the African-American experience. Jazz musicians were doing the same thing with music, and the marriage of the two laid the foundation for the modern art form of slam poetry. This two-night poetry slam competition will premiere contemporary vignettes of the neighborhood and the music.
Poets from all ages, backgrounds and neighborhoods can send in sample work for consideration and 14 will be chosen to kick-off the competition with the theme as “Harlem.” On the second night, with the topic being “Jazz”, the poets will improvise with musicians and judges will select one grand-prize winner. Peppered with live music and quick-fire poetry improvisation, the event will be the first of its kind for us and we hope you’ll join us as we showcase the new stories of our beloved Harlem and jazz!