"The honest truth out loud"

The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam happens first and third Sundays at Espresso Royale on State Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sign-ups begin at 6:30pm. There is a first come first serve open mic, which begins at 7:00pm. On occasion, out-of-town professional poets offer feature performances after the open mic. By 8:00pm, the ten competing poets will draw random numbers for their performance order. The six top-scoring poets in Round One will advance to perform, in reverse order, in Round Two. The overall winner is the poet with the highest cumulative (total of their Round One and Round Two scores).

Five judges are selected from the audience, qualified by their lack of bias. The audience is invited and encouraged to "vote" with their response: applauding, snapping, shouting, or keeping silent in order to tell the judges what they think of each poem.

Each week competing poets earn points. Points are determined by the number of poets competing that night divided by the position the poet places. Example: if ten poets compete, the poet who places second that night earns five points. The points add up over the season (Fall to Spring), and the ten top-scoring poets qualify for the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam City Finals. Those ten poets will compete along with two last chance/wild-card slam winners for a total of five spots on a team to represent Ann Arbor at the National Poetry Slam. 

Come, share your voice, and experience the incomparable vulnerability, connection, and excitement of poetry slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam met on Monday nights at the Heidelberg from 1987 to 2009. Crazy Cats Poetic Debauchery ran from 2010-2011, as hosted by Lindsay Stone. The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam was resurrected in October, 2013 by Lindsay Stone and Garret Potter. In early 2014, former host Matt Ernst passed away. The 2014 City Finals, April 12, at The Neutral Zone, is dedicated Matt.

Latest update, April 2014.


The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
7pm, first and third Sundays, at Espresso Royale on State Street!