Poetry Slam

Friday, May 19th at 7pm

Sponsored Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, P.C. 


Poetry is in full swing at the Attleboro Arts Museum! On Friday, May 19, the Museum will host top-notch poetry slam teams in a lively competition, MC’ed by perennial host Simone Beaubien. Listeners at the Museum that Friday will enjoy a short poetry open mic, then a high-energy poetry slam, with opportunities to perform in the open or judge the competition.

The Boston Poetry Slam has presented a free poetry slam in conjunction with the Attleboro Arts Museum since 2007. This year’s event will again welcome local participants to the open mic, then select some self-styled poetry experts (expert in their own opinion, of course) to judge the poetry slam. The event will be hosted by Simone Beaubien, a national slam wrangler, one-time National Finalist, and many-time co-curator of the Museum’s annual slam events.

Poetry slam, as many Museum-goers know by now, is an American tradition spanning three decades and combining poetry, storytelling, stand-up comedy, slapdash lyricism, and a sporting good time: poets perform their own original work to earn points from the self-styled expert judges selected from the audience. This year’s event will feature two teams from the Boston area: the quarter-century-strong established readers from the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, and the 2016 National Poetry Slam finalists from the House Slam at the Haley House Café. Both teams will showcase the work they hope will earn them top honors at this summer’s National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado.

All members of the public are invited to attend to listen, read in the open mic, or judge the slam as one of the Museum’s most high-action programs celebrates its ongoing mission to present poetic fun. Admission is free, although donations to the museum will be graciously accepted.


WHAT: A head-to-head live-judged poetry competition;

WHO: Performance poets from the Boston Poetry Slam and the House Slam;

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 6:30 doors, 7:00 p.m. open mic, 7:45 poetry slam;

WHERE: Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA;

PARTICULARS: Free of charge. This is an all-ages show; parents and chaperones are reminded that poetry slam is uncensored event and may contain some strong language, adult themes, and unfiltered ideas.



RESERVATIONS: Requested, but not required! To save a seat, or reserve a three-minute slot on the open mic, call the Museum at 508.222.2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org by Wednesday, May 17.


This cooperative show is produced by the Boston Poetry Slam and the Attleboro Arts Museum. This year’s event is made possible by a generous grant from the accounting firm Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, P.C. 



About the Boston Poetry Slam

The Boston Poetry Slam is the third-longest-running poetry slam in the world, two-time National Poetry Slam team champions, and two-time host of the National Poetry Slam. Founded in 1991, the show presents an open mic, headlining poet and slam competition and is held weekly at the Cantab Lounge, located at 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, Mass. Poetry begins at 8:00 every Wednesday and is hosted by SlamMaster Simone Beaubien. For more information, please visit http://bostonpoetryslam.com.


About the House Slam

The House Slam is Boston’s newest poetry slam, home to the 2015 National Poetry Slam champions,  2016 NPS Finalists, and the 2015 and 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions. The show presents an eclectic open mic, a polished featured poet and a competitive poetry slam twice monthly at the Haley House Café the heart of Dudley Square, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury. Shows begin at 7:15 on second and fourth Fridays, and are hosted by co-SlamMasters and teaching artists Porsha Olayiwola and Oomp. For more information, please visit http://houseslamboston.org.


About the Attleboro Arts Museum

The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the visual arts through diverse educational programs and engaging arts experiences. The Museum works to support the creative and artistic development of both promising and professional artists. The Museum is a privately supported, non-profit arts institution whose core commitment to Arts for Everyone guides the Museum’s programs and operations. 




Group photo, from left to right: Brandon Melendez, Zeke Russell, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Neiel Israel, and Em Taylor will represent the Boston Poetry Slam at Nationals this August in Denver, Colo. Photo © 2017 Marshall Goff.


Host photo (top): Simone Beaubien, curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum poetry slams since 2007, performing at her home venue, the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. Photo © 2015 Richard Beaubien.

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