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ABOUT: Founded in 2011, the KW Poetry Slam is a series of community-building spoken word poetry events in Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario. KWPS is an official slam community under Spoken Word Canada. KWPS is supported by funding through the City of Kitchener.
  • We run monthly poetry slams and poetry circles.
  • Our slams are always the first Saturday of the month at Cafe Pyrus in Kitchener. So the next one is Saturday April 1st. There is an open sign up and doors are at 7 p.m., cost is $5 or pay what you can. We invite you to arrive early to order food from Cafe Pyrus.
  • If you want to perform there's an open mic portion at the beginning from 7:30 to 8 p.m. You can sign up to perform any kind of material whether it be poetry or music or drama, whether it's your own or somebody else's work, it's all allowed.
  • Afterwards we have our poetry slam proper, which is a spoken word competition where poets who have composed original work of three minutes or less compete for cash prizes. If you want to slam, you should prepare two pieces in advance. Detailed rules are on the rules tab above.
  Mission By bringing together diverse artists in Kitchener Waterloo, the KW Poetry Slam builds a strong arts community by hosting a series of spoken word poetry events in Kitchener and Waterloo. The regular season slam series sends a team to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Contact To contact the organizers regarding booking and fees, volunteering, or any other inquiries email kwpoetryslam@gmail.com Artistic Director: Janice Jo Lee Treasurer and Poetry Circle Coordinator: Bashar Jabbour Box Office and Scorekeeper: Katherine Lee

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