(Poetry Slam and Other Tuesdays)

SlamMN! does not censor any poet or performance for content.  Some poets may use language, actions and situations that may be inappropriate for some or even all the audience members.

Poetry Slams
7:00 Dinner, Drinks, Door
8:00 Show

June 21st Decathaslam

This is the big one folks! 10 rounds of mayhem between teams of poets and non-poets alike. Come sign-up to be on one of the teams, or sit back and watch the chaos that ensues. 

Haiku Battle, Nice Guy Rap Battle,Eating Contest, Death match Jenga, Foot Race, Group Piece Round, Interpretive Poetry
...and other amazing things

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June 28th Geek Slam and Trivia Contest

The annual legendary Geek Slam and Trivia Contest is coming! This year we are honored by having Joking Envolope's very own funny man, king of the geeks, lord of the nerds, JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW as our host!

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Performers: Bring you geekiest/nerdiest/dorkiest pieces you have in the name of poetry. It'll be two rounds, three minute time limits, props and costumes are allowed!

Audience Geeks: Bring your pencils and get ready to compete for geeky glory with your team. This is the ultimate trivia contest $10/team buy in if you want to compete for cash prizes! Teams can be 1-6 people.

A night of special guests, special pieces, and special times, not to be missed.


July 11th (Yes, a Monday!) Legends Slam and Silent Auction

SlamMN! is bringing back some of the voices of slam teams past for a very special fundraiser night. Watch a spectacular evening of poetry as the 2011 National Team (Neil Hilborn, Dylan Garity, Michael Lee, and Hieu Minh Nguyen) team up with some of the legends of SlamMN! (Final line-up will be released soon, but put it on your calendar now!).

This night isn't about competition, but a celebration of all the things SlamMN! has accomplished through the years. There will also be items to bid on, drinks to be had, and all the proceeds will go towards helping SlamMN! send the team to Nationals in Boston.

This is a special Monday edition of SlamMN! so don't show up a day late!

7:00 Doors and bidding starts/8:00 Show starts

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Raffle tickets can be purchase for $2.00 or 3/$5.00 for small items or $3.00 or 2/$5.00 for larger items


July 26th SlamMN! vs. the rest of the world High-Tech Slam

    5 judges. Pshhhttt...that's so 2010. Come to this slam where audience votes will be tallied automatically by text message, so you can all be the judges!!!

The 2011 National team will go against however many poets challenge them as Team: Rest of the World, back and forth, and only one team will triumph. How deep to the 2011 National Team pockets run? Only one way to find out! Show Up! 

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August 2nd All City Slam

Watch all the teams that are going to nationals from the Twin Cities bout against each other

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Word Ninja Open Mics
2nd Tuesday of each month
8:00 Sign-up/8:30 Show

Word Ninjas is the Rockstar Storytellers monthly open mic night, taking place the second Tuesday of every month at Kieran’s Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. Sign-up begins at 8pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm. Suggested $3 donation at the door.

In true open mic fashion, everyone who signs up gets 5 minutes to do… whatever they want! Unjuried, uncensored (within reason, people) and unpredictable. Stand-up, slam poetry, storytelling, traditional poetry, folk tales, monologue, literary readings — if words are your weapon, we want you on our stage.

Each show is hosted by one of our very own Rockstar Storytellers, and another Rockstar typically does a feature set somewhere in the line-up. Word Ninjas also features special touring guests and the occasional surprise local celebrity! (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.)

June 14th

July 12th

August - NO SHOW Go to the Fringe Festival or Slam Nationals

September 13th

Story SlamMN!
1st Tuesday of each month
7:00 Doors/Dinner 8:00 Show

Tuesday, July 19th 8:00

Story SlamMN! is wrapping up it's first season in style! The top 3 storytellers from all of the regular season slams are coming together to duke it out for the title of Minneapolis SlamMN! first Grand Slam Champion!

The storytellers will have 9 minutes to wow the audience and judges with their stories on the theme Playing Hooky: stories of running free. At the end of the night the Champion will take home $175 dollars, a trophy, a medal, and eternal glory. 2nd and 3rd places will get some cool stuff too.

Qualified Storytellers:
Allison Broeren
Christy Marie Kent
Jim Schweitzer
Jim Stowell
Katie Knutson
Loren Niemi
Nancy Donoval
Patrick DuPaul
Paris Kelvakis
Rob Callahan
Ruth Kohtz
Ward Rubrecht

Get there early for seats, we've had some packed shows lately!

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