Portland Poetry Slam
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Portland Poetry Slam happens every Sunday. No judges! Poets go head-to-head and audience will stand and scream for the poet they want to see move on to the next round. Three rounds total. Bracketed, so winner of r.1 first bout will go head-to-head against winner of r.1 second bout, winner of r.1 third bout will go head-to-head with winner of r.1 fourth bout, winner of r.2 first bout will go head-to-head with winner of r.2 second bout. NPS season starts early September.
Qualifiers: 8 poets compete head-to-head style. Top two audience-decided poets will move on to compete in the upcoming Semifinal. There are four qualifiers per Semifinal, meaning 16 total qualifiers will happen during the NPS slam season.
Semifinals: 8 poets compete head-to-head style. Top two audience-decided poets will move on to compete in the Finals. There are four Semifinals held during the NPS slam season.
Last Chance Slam: 8 poets compete head-to-head style. Winner of the Last Chance Slam will be awarded the 9th spot in Finals.
Finals: 9 poets compete WITH JUDGES in a three round, traditionally scored slam. Poets draw for random order first round, then semi-random order second round (if a poet drew 1-5, they will draw 5-9 second round). Three poets are cut after second round, and top 6 compete in third round, based on order of low to high.