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Portraits of Harlem Poetry Slam Competition: Theme: Jazz
May 29, 2013

It's only a hop, skip and jump from the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance to slam poetry. Please join us on as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem hosts two amazing evenings of contemporary creativity. You're invited to participate, and there'll be a cash prize of $150 as well. From Langston Hughes to Claude McKay to Jean Toomer, the poets of the Harlem Renaissance created stunning and powerful portraits of Harlem and the African-American experience. Jazz musicians were doing the same thing with music, and the marriage of the two laid the foundation for the modern art form of slam poetry. This two-night poetry slam series will premiere contemporary vignettes of our neighborhood and the music. Poets from all ages, backgrounds and neighborhoods can sign up for the slam to kick-off the competition with the theme as "Harlem." On the second night, with the topic being "Jazz", the poets will improvise with musicians. Peppered with live music and quick-fire poetry improvisation, the event will be the first of its kind for us and we hope you'll join us as we showcase the new stories of our beloved Harlem and jazz!

To submit your work for consideration please send a sample to Meera Dugal at

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