2017 INDIVIDUAL WORLD POETRY SLAM COMES TO SPOKANE
The Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) returns to the Inland Northwest October 11-14, 2017. After a successful stint as host in 2013, iWPS will again put Spokane in the spotlight as 72 of the world’s top poets compete for the championship title. iWPS brings together the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world, to compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion. In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public.
It was the success of Spokane’s 2013 iWPS that brought the four-day poetry festival back to the Lilac City. “For years, poets and organizers from across the continent have been telling me how much they loved iWPS in Spokane,” said Isaac Grambo, Host City Coordinator. “The organizers and poets who attended loved the energy Spokane brought to the competition. They are thrilled to be coming back.”