About Us

MO Poetry Slam Springfield works to support, promote, and encourage poetry and spoken word art in Southwest Missouri.

 What is Slam Poetry?
A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience.

Monthly Adult Poetry Slam:
Our monthly poetry slam in Springfield, MO was established in 2006, by Michael Sowers and Well Fed Head Bookstore, as a Poetry Slam Inc. (PSI) certified slam venue. MO Poetry Slam Springfield still hosts a monthly slam and show the third Thursday of each month, at Springfield Improv Theater.

The Poetry Slam offers an opportunity for poets to compete and share their poetry. Poets competing in the slam have come from all walks of life and ranged in age from 16 to 78 and there is no censorship. In addition, the slam encourages the audience to take part in the show; either as one of the five judges, or by cheering on their favorite poet and booing the scores they feel were too low.

Poetry Outreach: 
We are always available to bring poets and poetry into the community at large through hosting poetry workshops, poetry slams and through bringing poets to events to feature their talents. We have worked with many local organizations and non-profits, including the Creamery Arts Center, Central High School Drama, The Skinny Improv, The Springfield Public Library and many other local business’ to share poetry with the greater Springfield area. We are always looking for more events and partners.

To book a poet or a show, contact us at info@mopoetry.com or at (417) 830-6206 with your event details.

Poetry Education:
In an effort to reach out to the youth of our area and share with them our love for poetry, we have a program geared for poets between the ages of 13 and 18.  Or students 18 and up. Students learn how to create poems that effectively communicate with an audience both on paper and aloud in front of groups.

Please contact us at info@mopoetry.com  or at (417) 830-6206, to have MO Poetry Slam Springfield visit your business, school or program.




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