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Poetry Slam


The Berkeley Slam (every Wednesday night)Every Wednesday Night it’s the Berkeley Slam 

Hosted by Betsy Gomez, Dre, Jamie DeWolf, Sevan, & Katelyn Lucas


local and touring poets and a live band or special guest DJ at every event! 

8pm   $7  All Ages until 10pm!

Cash prizes every week!

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The Berkeley Slam is a weekly spoken word celebration and tournament that features internationally renowned poets, storytellers, comedians, and emcees.

This is no ordinary, ho-hum open mic! Just ask our audiences – we draw 100-250 people every week to our show! In addition to the finest spoken word features around, our vibrant poetry scene spawns some of the best local talent in the nation! At every show, we also host a live improvisational band or DJ!

We have an open sign up (poets: get there at 7:30 to vie for the first 7 guaranteed slots, the remaining 8 poets are picked by lottery) at most shows – just check out the calendar (sometimes we host an invitational slam).

We run our slam with fair and transparent rules (they are printed on your program when you arrive and are here on the website). Judges are picked at random (also by lottery) out of the audience so you never know what kind of poetry will win on any given week!