Florida Poetry Events

This blog is an interactive event posting for poetry events in Florida. To add YOUR event, email: hypertextual@yahoo.com


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**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 SpaceThe Good Luck ComplexThe 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.



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“Words That Speak” Poet Splash
From Untouched Entertainment (untouchedent@yahoo.com)
SUNDAY JUNE 3rd 2012 At 7pm – 11pm

Hosted By: Georgia Me A.K.A The Queen Of Spoken Word Featuring 3 Great Spoken Word Artists M*Reld Green, Phillippia, and Theresa Tha Songbird

$15 To Enter Poetry Contest, must enter by 5/18 , $500 Cash Prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tickets In Advance $25

Wanna Be A V.I.P $30 , It Includes F R E E Drinks/Food/Valet Parking

At The Door $35……$40 (V.I.P) $50 For Tables

Need More Info For Tickets? Contact These Numbers

Where Its At? Nova535 ( 535 9th Ave North Saint Pete FL 33701 )


“LEMON” Film Screening at Miami Film Festival: March 3! February 9, 2012

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The film entitled “Lemon” is a portrait of Lemon Andersen, a three-time felon turned poet who savored a brief moment of glory in winning a Tony Award for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. But Lemon has landed back in the projects, living with thirteen family members in a close-fit Puerto Rican community, and is desperate for a way out. Beth Levison and Laura Brownson, the two film directors, follow Lemon’s last-ditch effortto get out of poverty through his autobiographical one man-show, “County of Kings.” It is a story about artistic struggle, the consequences of ambition, and ultimately, creative triumph. The film features a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Aloe Blacc.

Lemon won the Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the Zurich International Film Festival. PopMatters calls the movie “brilliant and compelling.” Stephen Nemeth, producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, says it’s “stunning, inspiring, and wildly entertaining.”

The film is showing on Saturday March 3 at 9:30 pm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave), and Sunday March 4 at 3:15 pm at Regal South Beach Cinemas, Screen 10 (1100 Lincoln Road).  Lemon Andersen and co-director Laura Brownson will take part in an extended Q&A session after the screenings.

You can watch the trailer and learn more about the film here. For tickets, please visit the Miami Film Festival website.

In addition, I recommend the following interview with Lemon Anderson on Remezcla.com: http://ny.remezcla.com/2011/latin/interview-lemon-andersen-doc-nyc/

Lemon’s story is truly inspirational, his poetry sharp, funny and brutally honest. As an urban word lover, I think you would highly enjoy the screening and the following discussion.

We would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word about this special event. Please let me know if you have any questions or wish to receive further information.

Many thanks,



LOUDER THAN A BOMB at the Lake Worth Playhouse Emerging Cinema TODAY! June 16, 2011

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008  “Louder Than a Bomb” competition, the world’s largest youth poetry slam,. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of theseunforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and viceversa. This is not “high school poetry” as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. Watch the trailer at http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/.

LOUDER THAN A BOMB will be showing at the Lake Worth Playhouse TODAY at 6pm. To purchase tickets or for more information visit: http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/


THIS WEEKEND: Black on Black Rhyme Week CONTINUES in TALLAHASSEE!! September 10, 2010

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Friday, Sept 10: TEEN SLAM @ 6pm

Saturday, Sept. 11: 2nd Annual 2piece and a side slam!!!! 9pm, $5 cover




September 17: NEW SEEDS kickoff event in Tampa!

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The event will be held on September 17, 2010 at 8 pm at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse located at 4819 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, FL. The event will feature a guest lecture by Author Whitney Bauman, followed by award-winning poetry performed by Aleshea Harris.

Press release:

Silver Glass Productions, along with Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, is bringing the distinguished poet, playwright, actress and singer/songwriter Aleshea Harris to the monthly event New Seeds.

Harris will be sharing some of her award winning poetry at the monthly event that features inspiring art performances and enlightening lectures from the feminist perspective.

“I am excited to share my work at an event that brings Tampa Bay’s artistic scene to light,” says Harris. “The underground artists of Tampa have so much to offer to the creative dynamic that make up our society.”

The event will be held on September 17, 2010 at 8 pm at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse located at 4819 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, FL. The event will feature a guest lecture by Author Whitney Bauman, followed by award-winning poetry performed by Aleshea Harris.

Harris is an actress, playwright, poet and singer-songwriter. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi and has performed on various stages in various capacities in the Tampa Bay and beyond.  Aleshea has shared her spoken word poetry at The Studio@620, American Stage Theatre, The Knoxville Poetry Slam, First Night St. Pete and Sacred Grounds Poetry Slam. Her poetry has been featured in the award winning short film God of the Ground and her own solo play Oddie, which received rave reviews at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Silver Glass Productions is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and produce socially relevant theatre, and in doing so, promote community dialogue. This mission is achieved by the monthly arts salon that is held at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse and the annual festival that is produced by the president of Silver Glass Productions, Suzanne Willett. “Our vision is to make Tampa Bay a nationally recognized center of socially relevant art,” says Willett.

For more information on Aleshea Harris, please visit www.bagofbeans.net.


UPCOMING POETRY EVENT in Palm Beach Counties April 1, 2010

For  National Poetry Month, April 28 at The Stage in WPB: Black by Popular Demand -The Encore Featuring Black Ice!