Poetry Slam Returns to Nippertown

Nitty Gritty Slam

Hold onto your hats. The poetry slam is coming back to Nippertown.

For the first time in more than a decade, Albany is about to have its own homegrown poetry slam. It’s being dubbed the Nitty Gritty Slam, and it will be hosted by poets Dain Brammage and Mojavi. The inaugural slam will be held at 8pm on Tuesday (September 6) at Valentine’s Music Hall, which will continue to host the subsequent slams on the first and and third Tuesdays of each month.

Admission is $5; students $3.

Who can attend or perform? Anyone. Everyone. The doors will open at 7pm, when the sign-up sheet to participate is slapped down on the bar. There will be a short open mic at 7:30pm, followed by the announcement of the slammer line-up. Then it all officially begins at 8pm.

What’s a poetry slam, you ask?

Well, at the slam, poets will each perform for up to three minutes using nothing but words, their body and a microphone. The judges – randomly selected from the audience – will score the poet on a scale of 0 to 10. The poets with the highest scores advance until just two poets are left in the third and final round of the competition. In the end, only one poet will be left standing. The prize? Well, it’s just bragging rights to start, but who knows? You might be asked to join the local team that’s headed to the National Poetry Slam.

Nitty Gritty Slam is being presented by Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, Frequency North Reading Series and other members of the Nippertown literary community.

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