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The Brooklyn Poetry Slam

The Brooklyn Poetry Slam is celebrating five years at BRIC! In addition to the Slams, poets and co-founders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic are excited to present a series of writing workshops as well as a new podcast through BRIC Radio. Join this vibrant community and hear, speak, and write poetry.

BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM RULES: 

  1. Brooklyn poetry slam is a two round performance poetry competition. 
  2. Poets are given three minutes to read their own original work. 
  3. Top five poets from the first round will advance to the second round.
  4. Competitors are prohibited from using animal acts, props, or musical accompaniment.
  5. Five random judges from the audience score each round on a scale of 0-10. The highest and lowest scores for each poet, in each round, are dropped. The poet with the highest cumulative score is the winner.  

Go behind the scenes with the Brooklyn Slam Team with BRIC Radio's More Than Slam, part of Brooklyn, USA

 

Learn more about the 2017 Brooklyn Slam Team on BRIC TV's documentary series Frameworks


BIOS:

 

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus Fellow alum, and the author of several books including Swag and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution and listed as About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs and is co-founder of Brooklyn Slam (currently ranked 2nd in the world) and has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada, and Australia as one-third of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines UptownKINGXXLThe Source, Canada’s The Word, and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals PluckManhattanville ReviewMuzzleUnion Station MagLiterary BohemianBestiary Brown Girl Love, and Up The Staircase. She is the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator and Friday Night Slam host at Nuyorican Poets Café, and Program Director of BLM at Pratt Institute.

Jive Poetic  is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS News Hour, and BET. International recognition and support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. When he is not on tour or hosting, he teaches poetry and hip hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.