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Below is a summary of open opportunities for poets interested in participating in WordXWord events. Click on the links to jump down to more detail or click here to register online to grab a spot in one or more events.

Outspoken Youth Poetry Workshop, Open Mic & Poetry Slam - August 4. Open to youth ages 12 - 20.

Poetry Slam - 2 Prelim/qualifying slams June 16 & July 14 - limited number of spots are open on a first-come basis

Poets Creating Conversation - Themed events open to poets of all ages willing to take the events challenge. Upcoming events June 25 & July 30

Poetry sCrawl - August 1. A “moving” open-mic style event open to all ages and themes. Possibly the coolest thing that happens on North Street. Perfect for poets of all ages, soon-to-be-poets, and just-sticking-my-toe-in-the-water-poets.

Story Slam - July 31. First person, true stories - similar to NPR’s Moth Story Slam.

Head-To-Head Haiku - August 3. Poets compete one-on-one armed with only 17 syllables - limited number of spots are open on a first-come basis. Find out more about Head-To-Head Haiku including what you'll need to do to prepare


Poetry Slam Prelims (description below)

WordXWord Individual Poetry Slam

The WXW Poetry Slam Finals are August 4, 7P at the Berkshire Museum. To qualify for the finals, a poet must finish in the top 3 at one of the 2 qualifying slams. (The remaining 2 spots are by invitation.) There are a total of 16 slots available in the qualifiers. Poets ages 16 and up are eligible.

Qualifying Slams

June 16, 7P
Get the Rust Out Poetry Slam

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
8 poets go two rounds, 3 will advance to the finals. Register online for one 8 slots in this slam

July 14, 7:30P
Second Chance Poetry Slam

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
8 poets go two rounds, 3 will advance to the finals. Register online for one 8 slots in this slam

Poets Creating Conversation (description below)

Poets Creating Conversation

PCC are themed events. They are open to poets ages 12 to 100+. Calls to action below.

June 25, 7P
Working In America

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
For this event, the poet’s challenge is to use their art to explore and share personal stories centered around working in America - the challenges, triumphs and realities - from work we love to work that doesn't love us back. Register online

July 30, 7P
Summer In America

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
We’ve all had good summers and bad summers. There have been summers of love and summers of unrest. It’s summertime and it’s the 10th annual WordXWord Festival, so we’re asking poets to climb up the 3 meter board, step off and give us their best splash. Register online

Poetry sCrawl (photo above / description below)

Poetry sCrawl

Open to all ages, styles and experience level. The coolest thing to happen on North Street. A “moving” open-mic style event open to all ages and themes. Perfect for poets, soon-to-be-poets, and just-sticking-my-toe-in-the-water-poets. Join us for an optional workshop at 4P (for a little inspiration) or meet us at Dottie's for the sCrawl!

August 1, 4P
sCrawl Workshop

Hotel On North, 297 North Street, Pittsfield
Poets of all ages & varieties are invited to join us for a generative workshop. And then stick around for the sCrawl and a chance to take your work for a walk. Preregistration required. Register online

August 1, 6P
Poetry sCrawl

Starts at Dottie’s, 444 North Street, Pittsfield & ends at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave
Poetry takes a walk Uptown - followed by an reception and open mic. Register online

Story Slam (photo above / description below)

Story Slam

July 31, 7P
Story Slam / Impeachable Offenses

Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
First person, true stories told without notes or props - similar to NPR’s Moth Story Slam. Scored olympic-style by volunteers from the audience. Register online

Find out more about what a Story Slam is and how to prepare for it.

Head-To-Head Haiku (photo above / description below)

Head-To-Head

August 3, 7P
Head-To-Head Haiku

Dottie’s, 444 North Street, Pittsfield
Head-To-Head Haiku is a good humored twist on the Poetry Slam format. Poets compete one-on-one armed with only 17 syllables. Register online

Find out more about Head-To-Head Haiku including what you'll need to do to prepare.

Outspoken Youth (photo above / description below)

Outspoken Youth

August 4, 11A
Outspoken Youth Poetry Workshop

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield
For ages 12-20. Workshop with guest poet Olivia McKee. Outspoken is a safe and supportive space for poets of all experience and confidence levels. Register online

August 4, 1:30P
Outspoken Youth Poetry Slam & Open Mic

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield
Workshop participants ages 12-20 perform. An opportunity to share our work in a supportive environment. Poets may opt to share at the open mic or compete in a friendly poetry slam. Open to the public.

Guest poet Olivia McKee at Outspoken April 2018 (below)