About the SO WHAT SLAM

The SO WHAT SLAM is a monthly slam poetry event held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Slams are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. These are all ages events (although the subject matter of some performances may not be considered appropriate for young children). We do accept donations and there is a $3.00 suggested donation.

The next slam will take place on August 27, 2016 at 7:00pm.

The aim of the SO WHAT SLAM is to create an exciting community event that brings the camp, fun, and inclusiveness that the creator of slam poetry intended for slams. Everyone has a story to tell and the SO WHAT SLAM welcomes you to come tell yours. If you aren't ready to perform your own pieces in front of everyone yet, or just want to come out and hear some great poetry and have some fun, we welcome you to participate as a judge or simply come be entertained. We would love for you to become a part of our slam family.

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Upcoming Features and Events

  • August 27, 2016
    • 3pm: Indigo Bridge reading and book signing with Jaz Sufi & Brandon Melendez (from Berkeley, CA) and Samuel Lee (from Lincoln)
    • 7pm: SO WHAT SLAM Featuring Jaz Sufi & Brandon Melendez
  • September 24, 2016
    • 7pm: SO WHAT SLAM Featuring Ryler Dustin
  • October 22, 2016
    • 3pm: Indigo Bridge book signing with Ryler Dustin and Malcolm Kenyon
    • 7pm: SO WHAT SLAM Featuring Malcolm Kenyon
  • December 3, 2016
    • 7pm: SO WHAT SLAM Featuring Nicolas Bell
SO WHAT SLAM is excited to announce there will be author book signings at Indigo Bridge Books before some of our slams! This partnering is an amazing opportunity for the poetry community. We will be featuring a local area poet and a travelling poet at each signing.

What is slam poetry?

Slam poetry was invented by a construction worker named Marc Smith who was looking to breathe life into an open mic poetry format. He put an emphasis on performance, threw in rounds and audience judges, and a new art form was born. But the point of the slam was not "the points". The point was to show audiences that poetry could be fun, entertaining, and something they should enjoy. In order to move on to the next round, your poems had to reach the audience. They had to impress people that might not know or care that your sonnet had the correct number of couplets. The audience was there to be entertained. Poetry was not about showing off as much as it was about making connections.

Slam Master

Heather Barnes graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with majors in English and Film Studies. She is a writer, poet, and lover of slam poetry in general. She lives in Lincoln, NE, and is excited to be the slam master for the SO WHAT SLAM.

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Feature Performer

Jaz Sufi is slam master of the Berkeley Slam, the longest running poetry slam on the West Coast, and a finalist at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.

Feature Performer

Brandon Melendez is a poet and educator in the Bay Area, California, a graduate of UC Berkeley and an MFA candidate at Emerson College. His poetry has won multiple awards at national competitions, including “Best Poem”, “Best Writing by a Team” and “Funniest Poem”. His team took 3rd at the National Poetry Slam in 2015.

Slam Venue: The Commons LNK
1239 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502

The Commons LNK is a safe and welcoming place where creativity and kindness are encouraged.

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