Event Times

May 18 | 7:30 pm







Guelph Poetry Slam - Season Opener! Ft. Faylita Hicks


Guelph Spoken Word presents: GUELPH POETRY SLAM! The 3rd Saturday of every month @ the eBar.

Join us on May 18th for the Guelph Poetry Slam! Anyone can sign-up to perform on the open mic or compete for the $100 slam prize!

COVER: $10/pwyc, $5 for performers and FREE if you have a birthaversary in MAY!


This month's feature is FAYLITA HICKS from SAN MARCOS, TEXAS.


Twitter: @faylitahicks 

Faylita Hicks is a Black, Queer writer, mobile photographer, performance and Hip-Hop artist from San Marcos, TX. She was 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam. Her manuscript was a finalist in the 2016 Write Bloody Book contest and 2012 Button Poetry Chapbook contest. In 2015, she released her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City. In 2018, she was an inaugural Open Mouth Readings Writing Retreat participant. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, The Rumpus, Pidegeonholes, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Glass Poetry Press, Kweli Journal, Five:2:One, Cosmonauts Avenue Ink & Nebula, American Poetry Journal, Yes Poetry and others.

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• Each poet must slam 3 times during the entire season to qualify for a chance to compete for the 2020 slam team.
• Each poet must perform original work for which they are the primary author.
• No props. (Referencing or using any THING that is not available to all poets.)
• People are not props, group poems are allowed in all competitions except during finals and special head to head slams.
• No costumes. (Wearing clothing or accessories that are obviously meant to accentuate a poem and that is worn to enhance a specific performance.
• No nudity.
• No musical accompaniment or musical instruments.
• Poets who use props, costumes or musical accompaniment will be deducted 2 points per infraction.
• Poets have 3 minutes and a grace period of 10 seconds to perform their poem, after which time 0.5 points will be deducted for every 10 seconds or part thereof that they go over.
• A poet’s time starts as soon as they engage the audience. This includes any verbal or physical introduction.
• Of the scores the poet receives from the five randomly selected judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 30.
• There will be up to two sacrificial poet to calibrate the judges for the 1st round.
• The order that the poets will compete in each round will be drawn randomly.
• The slam will be two rounds
• 10 poets in the 1st Round
• Four poets in the 2nd Round

*All Guelph Spoken Word events are consent focused spaces; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before physically engaging another. Same goes for conversations and advice/feedback.

**Language and content of GSW events can sometimes be intense, triggering or deemed inappropriate for some patrons. While GPS is welcoming of all ages and do most often have an active listener on hand, attendees discretion is advised. We also encourage guardians to take the opportunities presented at these events to open dialogue with the youth being supervised.

***Unfortunately our venue for GPS is currently not wheelchair accessible.**

****Guelph Poetry slam and all Guelph Spoken word events take place on the stolen ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, in order to build meaningful relationship with them and our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours it is vital that we acknowledge these facts and people as we share and use their land to present events.