**UPDATE** Registration has temporarily re-opened, as the pool of competing teams has expanded to 32. Invoices will be sent within 24 hours, in the order in which registrations arrive. We will accept 4 more teams, to bring the total to 34 – 32 teams with 2 on the waiting list in case another team drops out. We will also expand the number of indies to 18 – 16 competing with 2 on the waiting list.
First hosted in Asheville, NC this regional competition has been the traveling home of a southern arts revolution. Known for its dynamic creative edge, the Southern Fried Poetry Slam has continued to revolutionize the genre of slam poetry for all who attend.
From June 6-9, 2012, the torch will be passed to Tampa Bay.
Hosting 24 teams from all over the South (and beyond), the 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam will be a beacon of light and change in a rapidly evolving world. Poets at the top of their form will don their timeless regalia and enrich the spirits of all who are present. Over the course of three days, over one hundred poets will compete at several venues in Ybor City, sometimes concurrently. And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill open mic types. Many of these poets have received major media coverage, appearing on HBO, BET, and even in major news outlets like USA Today. If you happen to be in the region, this will be something you don’t want to miss.
Confirmed venues include the Creative Loafing Space, The Good Luck Complex, The Hampton Inn and Suites Ballroom and more!
Competition Events will begin at 7:00 PM each night, and run until 11:00 PM, during which each of the three venues will host two bouts lasting two hours apiece. In each bout, four teams of 4-5 poets will compete. In addition, Southern Fried will host a variety of daytime events
Finals Night 2012!
The 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finals will take place at the Historic Roland Manteiga Theatre in Ybor City’s Cuban Club, Tampa Bay’s Premiere Event Venue on June 9, 2012 at 7:30pm.