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Austin Poetry Slam at Spiderhouse

Join us every Tuesday at the Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom! Poetry + Score Cards + Cash = Austin Poetry Slam!


The Austin Poetry Slam is a weekly event held every Tuesday at Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom that showcases 12 amazing and original spoken-word artists in a no holds barred, raucous, energized competition. That's right: we assign scores to art!

General Information:

There's pride on the line, ego on the line, and $100 in prize money EVERY WEEK to the top three poets of the night.

But how do we judge poetry? Easy, we hand out scorecards to 5 judges randomly selected from the audience. The judges give each poet a score on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0. The scores are added up and the poets with the higher numbers advance until three poets are left in the final round.

The poetry slam is all about the audience. So we encourage audience members to cheer for the poets/scores they like and boo the poets/scores they hate. The audience's job at the Austin Poetry Slam is to try like hell to influence the judges.

This isn't your grandma's poetry reading. No snapping, no Frenchy berets, and certainly no polite golf claps. This is rock and roll, hip hop, dance, theater, comedy, and poetry wrapped into a tight, 3-minute package.