About

The Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996, making it the longest-running poetry slam in Canada. It is a program of the non-profit charity organization, Vancouver Poetry House.

What is a Poetry Slam?

The poetry slam arts movement started in Chicago in the 1980s. Marc Smith was a construction worker who wanted to make poets and audiences more responsive to each other. More history here.

At a slam, the poet must perform a poem of their own creation, in any style, within the time limit without the aid of props, costumes, nudity, animal acts, or musical accompaniment.

During the Winter Season (from September–March), the slam format consists of two rounds of 3-minute poems. During the Summer Season (from April–August), the slam format consists of three rounds: a 2-minute round, a 1-minute round, and a 4-minute round.

5 randomly selected judges are chosen from the audience. They score each poem from 0 to 10.

Your Slammaster

To contact the Slammaster about being a featured poet or with other inquiries, email slammaster@vancouverpoetryhouse.com