Kansas City Poetry Slam

Kansas City Poetry Slam is a competitive, elimination style poetry event that happens the first Wednesday of every month at The Brick.

The sign up list drops at 9 pm sharp the night of the slam. A poet must sign up in person the night of the event. 10 poets are chosen via random draw. Poets advance in rounds by scoring points awarded by Designated Judges in the audience.

10 poets the first round. 5 poets the second round. 3 poets in the final round. The winning poet receives a $50 cash prize.

Poets who compete regularly in the Slam season (Sept. - May) have the opportunity to compete on the regional and national level on behalf of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Learn more here.

For more specific competition rules click here.

Poetic Underground

Poetic Underground is an open mic that happens every Wednesday, also at The Brick (excluding the first Wednesday of the month).  

Sign up list drops at 9 pm the night of the event, spots on the list are first come, first serve. Poets are allowed up to 5 minutes of stage time.



Middle of the Mic Workshops

The Middle of the Mic Workshop series is committed to accessible learning for the Kansas City poetry community. The workshops are free and open to the public. Workshops happen once a month on Saturday afternoons, are taught by different members of the community, and cover topics like writing new poems, revision strategies, and performance techniques.

Interested in teaching a workshop?
Email kcpoetryslam@gmail.com.