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Get Ready For the 2012 National Poetry Slam

July 12, 2012

This year, the 23rd annual National Poetry Slam will be held in Charlotte, NC.

More than 1,000 people from across the country will arrive in Uptown Charlotte in early August for one of this year’s most anticipated competitions, and no, we are not talking about the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

About four weeks before the DNC begins, Charlotte will first get national attention for hosting the largest team performance poetry event in the world, the National Poetry Slam (NPS).  Hosted by Blumenthal Performing Arts, SlamCharlotte and Poetry Slam Inc. (PSi), the 2012 NPS will bring 72 teams from North American together from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 11, to compete for the national championship.

Over the course of these five days, Blumenthal will use ALL of its facilities to host the 46 official bouts that make up nationals (40 preliminary rounds, 4 semi-finals, 1 group final and 1 final), culminating with the Finals on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Knight Theater.  The Queen City’s own SlamCharlotte won back-to-back NPS titles in 2007 and 2008, and will look to once again be a strong contender for the 2012 national title.

Part super bowl, part poetry summer camp and part traveling exhibition, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam’s highest-profile showcase and is staged in a different city each year.  While other PSi events (such as the Individual World Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam) have previously been hosted by Blumenthal and SlamCharlotte, this is the first time that Charlotte has hosted PSi’s most popular competition, and just the second time that NPS has taken place in the Carolinas since NPS was launched in 1990.

Drawing diverse crowds from a melting pot of ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and genders, the attendees and participants of NPS have one thing in common: the love of literature, arts and performance poetry. The tournament is expected to bring over 5,000 attendees to the events.

Tickets for the 2012 National Poetry Slam are on sale now.  CLICK HERE for more information on the 2012 National Poetry Slam including a full schedule of events.

Want a taste of the Poetry Slam?  SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster Bluz, who was the 13th ranked individual poet in the world in 2007, made this video!

Click “More” for information about tickets!

There are two ways to attend the events of NPS 2012 – Passes and Individual Tickets. Passes (All Access Passes and Student Passes) provide the greatest value to fully experience everything that NPS 2012 has to offer.

All Access Pass – Provides admission to all official NPS 2012 events as listed on nps2012charlotte.com including Day Events, Late-Night Events, Preliminary Bouts, Semi-Final Competition, Group Piece Finals and National Poetry Slam Finals. All Access Pass holders must be at the venue 30 minutes prior to each event to receive guaranteed admission.

Student Pass – Provides same benefits as All Access Pass, but some events may be restricted to those under the age of 21, due to venue and/or content restrictions. A valid Student ID must be presented when picking up the Student Pass. Limit 1 Student Pass per Student ID.

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