The Slam

How does the slam work?


The poets that compete at Brave New Voices are champions from each participating city, as determined through a local competitive process. At BNV, we start with Quarterfinals, consisting of 4-5 teams, each with a minimum of 4 competing poets.

Each slam has 4 rounds, and each team participates in 2 Quarterfinals. A calibration poet will perform before the first round of each bout and the order in which the poets perform shifts in each of the four rounds. 20 teams from the Quarterfinals advance to the Semifinals. All Semifinal bouts will consist of 5 teams. The winning team of each Semifinal moves on to be 1 of the 4 teams advancing to Grand Slam Finals. There will only be 4 teams in the Finals, so there are tiebreakers in the Semifinals to insure only one winning team emerges from each bout.

This year, Quarterfinal bouts and Semifinal bouts happen across two days for a total of 25 poetry slams. Every participant will get a chance to perform and listen to a lot of poetry.

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 1
Thursday, July 18
UNLV Student Center
6PM - 8PM
BOUT 1
Student Union – Cohen
Chicago
Auckland
Asheville
BOUT 2
RLL – BMI Conference Room
Columbus
Des Moines
Manchester
Twin Cities
BOUT 3
Student Union 208-A
Portland
New York
Tampa
Washington, DC (Split This Rock)
BOUT 4
Student Union 208-C
Jersey City
Fraser
Boca Raton
Charlotte, NC
BOUT 5
BEH 242
Bay Area
Colorado Springs
DMV (Words Beats & Life)
Toronto
Tunkhannock
BOUT 6
BEH 241
Newark
Indianapolis
Detroit
Jacksonville
Greensboro
BOUT 7
WRI C148
Memphis
Houston
Philly Slam League
Birmingham

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 2
Friday, July 19
Downtown Las Vegas
9AM-11PM
BOUT 8
Zappos Chambers Theater
400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Sacramento
Dallas
Baltimore
Hollywood
Saint Louis
BOUT 9
Zappos Bar 1999
400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Stockton
Albuquerque
Seattle
Dallas Ft. Worth
BOUT 10
Inspire Theater
107 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Savannah
Columbia
Kansas City (MO)
Los Angeles
BOUT 11
Writer's Block
519 S 6th St Ste.100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Cleveland
Nashville
Sacramento
Chicago
BOUT 12
Black Box Theater at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Boca Raton
Bay Area
Jersey City
Colorado Springs
BOUT 13
Future Makers @ Ferguson's
1020 Fremont Street next to Fergusons
Fraser
New York
Columbus
Auckland
BOUT 14
The Usual Place
100 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tampa
Des Moines
Portland
Indianapolis

QUARTERFINALS

ROUND 3
Friday, July 19
Downtown Las Vegas
11:30 AM-1:30PM
BOUT 15
Zappos Bar 1999
400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Dallas Ft. Worth
Manchester
Detroit
DMV (Words Beats & Life)
BOUT 16
Zappos Bar 1999
400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Birmingham
Jacksonville
Toronto
Charlotte, NC
Saint Louis
BOUT 17
Inspire Theater
107 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Philly Slam League
Greensboro
Tunkhannock
Twin Cities
Baltimore
BOUT 18
Writer's Block
519 S 6th St Ste.100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Los Angeles
Washington, DC (Split This Rock)
Hollywood
Houston
BOUT 19
Black Box Theater at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Memphis
Kansas City (MO)
Seattle
Asheville
BOUT 20
Future Makers @ Ferguson's
1020 Fremont Street next to Fergusons
Nashville
Columbia
Albuquerque
Dallas
BOUT 21
The Usual Place
100 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Cleveland
Savannah
Stockton
Sacramento
Newark

SEMIFINALS

Friday, July 19 • 7PM

Semifinals will consist of 4 simultaneous bouts, which will take place at the following downtown Las Vegas venues:

Bout 1 - Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. 4th Street)
Bout 2 - Zappos Chambers Theater (400 Stewart Ave.)
Bout 3 - Fergusons Downtown (1028 Fremont)
Bout 4 - Ferguson’s Alley & Marketplace (1031 Fremont)

*All events are free & open to the public. Donations welcome to support the production costs.
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SLAM FINALS

Saturday, July 20 • 7PM • FREE

UNLV Performing Arts Center
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas


Four top-scoring BNV teams take center stage to compete to be crowned the 2019 Brave New Voices Champions.

Hosted by Darius “Halle Berry Dari” Parker
Emceed by Shihan Van Clief
Music by Dion Decibels