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Events

In addition to regular workshops and open mics throughout the year, Southern Word performs at schools, businesses, and civic events. We have received standing ovations at TEDxNashville at TPAC and Montgomery Bell Academy, Davidson County School Board, Nashville Teaching Fellows Opening Ceremony, Leadership Nashville, and Davidson County Drop‐out Prevention Conference. Contact us at info@southernword.org to feature spoken word at your event, business, or community organization.

Upcoming Events

Download rules for all slams here

Teen Open Mic
March 24, 2017
6-8:00 PM
Rocketown
601 4th Ave, Nashville

Teens, come out and share your poetry, songs, and stories with us. This open mic is open to all teen poets, writers, rappers, singers, and emcees. The open mic will be held in Studio NPL on the third floor of the Library.

Teen Open Mic
March 30, 2017
4-5:15 PM
Nashville Public Library
615 Church St, Nashville

Teens, come out and share your poetry, songs, and stories with us. This open mic is open to all teen poets, writers, rappers, singers, and emcees. The open mic will be held in Studio NPL on the third floor of the Library.

Williamson County High School Slam & Special Guest
April 04, 2017
4:00 PM – Doors Open
Franklin Theatre
419 Main St, Franklin TN
Free

Join us as the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear at the statewide finals and a shot to travel to the national teen poetry competition. A surprise guest will perform immediately following the slam.

Register to slam here.
Register to attend here.

Memphis & Shelby County High School Slam
April 06, 2017
5:00 PM
White Station High School
514 S Perkins Rd, Memphis
Free

Join us as the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear at the statewide finals and a shot to travel to the national teen poetry competition.

Register to slam here.

Rutherford County High School Slam
April 06, 2017
4:00 PM
Oakland High School
2225 Patriot Dr, Memphis
Free

Join us as the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear at the statewide finals and a shot to travel to the national teen poetry competition.

Tennessee College Finals
April 08, 2017
2:00pm & 4:00pm – Team Semifinalss
6:00pm – Indvidual Semifinals
7:30pm – Finals
Drifters Bar-B-Que Joint
1008-B Woodland St., Nashville
$10 General
$5 Student

Join us as the region’s top college poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors.

Register to slam here.

Sumner County High School Slam
April 11, 2017
4:00 PM
Hendersonville Public Library
140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville
Free

Join us as the region’s top youth poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors, a chance to appear at the statewide finals and a shot to travel to the national teen poetry competition.

Register to slam here.

Emily Siner & The Writers of NSA
April 19, 2017
5:30 PM
Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Ave, Nashville
$5 Suggested Donation

Snap & Thunder Middle School Finals
April 19, 2017
6:00 PM
Lipscomb University
Allen Arena- Hall of Fame Room
1 University Park Dr, Nashville
Free

Join us as the region’s top middle school poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors.

Register to slam here.

Tennessee High School Individuals Finals
April 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd, Nashville

Join us as the region’s top high school poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors and a chance to compete in the national teen slam festival.

Register to slam or purchase tickets here.

Tennessee High School Team Finals
April 27, 2017
Semifinals – 4:00 PM
Finals – 7:30 PM
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St, Nashville
Free

Join us as the region’s top high school teams of poets, emcees, and spoken word artists compete for top lyrical honors.

Register to slam as a team here.

Teen Open Mic
May 24, 2017
12-1:30 PM
Nashville Public Library
615 Church St, Nashville

Teens, come out and share your poetry, songs, and stories with us. This open mic is open to all teen poets, writers, rappers, singers, and emcees. The open mic will be held in Studio NPL on the third floor of the Library.

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