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The Berkeley Slam presents SUPPORT THE BAR SLAM!

Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 1999.


Last week was our 2015 Indie Finals, where the top poets of the season battled to see who would represent the Berkeley Slam at the Individual World Poetry Slam. The competition was fierce, but at the end of the night, the winner was your 2015 Grand Slam Champ (and slammaster), Jaz Sufi! Before that was the National Poetry Slam, and months of practice for the big event. After all this competition, it’s time for some fun. You know what that means: another Support the Bar Slam!

Your host for the night is Toaster, with house band 3 Blind Mice!


Sign up works the same: the list opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:10, with twelve poets* chosen through random draw. The twist: when it’s your turn, you come on stage and draw a second number. The audience will chant up until that number, and it’s your job to chug your drink until they stop. Failure results in a penalty game!

That’s not all for the audience, however. Everyone who buys a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!) gets a free slam bingo card. Take a drink every time you hear one of the squares. First one to bingo gets a free drink!

* All competing poets must be 21+ and will be asked to show ID after the draw is completed. All poets are required to buy at least one drink for the game, with subsequent drinks offered at a discount.


September 9: Derrick Carr
September 16: Santa Cruz slammaster Raggedy Andey
September 23: Bad Poetry Slam with Rachel Lark! Come with your worst poetry!

3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Workshop: 6:30 PM ♦ Sign-up: 7:30 PM ♦ Show: 8:15 PM.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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