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A poetry slam is a competition where poets recite original works, focusing on their delivery as much as their poetry. Construction worker, Marc Smith launched the first poetry slam at the ‘Get Me High Lounge’ in Chicago in 1984. In 1991, the first National Poetry Slam took place in Fort Mason, San Francisco. Since moving to Santa Cruz this past Summer, poet Kevin Devaney, followed his dream and scouted the town for a venue to create a weekly poetry event. He landed at the Tannery Arts Center and found Rebecca’s Cafe which possessed all the ingredients for a great poetry event. Kevin now holds a weekly open mic poetry reading every Monday evening from 6-8 PM with Featured poets from around the country. I spoke with Kevin on the patio at rebeccas cafe about poetry.
Poetry slams started as a way to involve the audience and the poets in a more dynamic exchange.
Kevin’s poetry nights are made up of an open mic component followed by Nationally known featured poets.
In the social setting found at open mics the poets delivery is as important as the words themselves.
For more information about Kevin Devaney go to: http://kevindevaney.wordpress.com/