The Kentucky Center & KMAC present

25th Anniversary Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival 2017

Wednesday, June 7th - Saturday, June 10th

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  • Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS & KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s): Wednesday, June 7th - Saturday, June 10th
  • Ages: Potential for strong language and adult content
  • Price: All Access Pass $45 | Individual Events $5 | Erotic Open Mic, Indie Finals, Team Finals $10
  • Running Time: Varies by event
  • Access Services: Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System | 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)?
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Hearing

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  • All Access Pass on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 5:30 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Preliminary Bouts 1-8 on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 5:30 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Haiku Deathmatch on Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum
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  • Preliminary Bouts 9-16 on Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 5:30 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Hip Hop Open Mic on Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 11:45 PM, KMAC Museum
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  • Nerd Poetry Slam on Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 1:00 PM, KMAC Museum
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  • Queer Poetry Slam on Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum
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  • Preliminary Bouts 17-24 on Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 5:30 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Erotic Open Mic on Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 11:30 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Indie Finals on Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM, The Kentucky Center
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  • Team Finals on Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM, The Kentucky Center
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SCENE at the Center, our small plates eatery that offers bar and food service, will be open from 4:30 PM - 12:00 AM everyday during the festival. 

Show Details

Southern Fried Poetry Slam  is the second largest poetry festival in the nation. Annually, 32 teams representing 32 cities meet for a four-day exhibition of poetic skill. Each day of the festival offers poetry exhibitions, writing workshops, community service projects and theme based open mics. 

Started in 1993 to highlight the southeastern region of the nation, Southern Fried Poetry Slam is one of the fastest growing Poetry communities. In 2017, the festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in a state and city where it's never been held before...Louisville, Kentucky!

All Access Pass includes the events below, please note all events are general admission, first come, first served. All Access Passes will not be mailed and are available for pick up starting Wednesday, June 7th.

*Turndown Cypher, Workshops, and Slam Master Slam are only available to All Access Pass holders. 

Preliminary Bouts
- These 'bouts' are individual slams where 4 registered teams/cities compete. Before each bout, a representative of each team meets with the bout manager to draw team order. The letters A, B, C, and D are written on folded paper and drawn by the representatives of each team. The Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater, North Lobby, Mary Anderson Room, and Clark-Todd Hall

*Turndown Cypher -  The Turndown Cypher is an after competition gathering where poets and local artists can mingle and perform for one another. Wednesday, June 7 @ 11:30 PM, The Kentucky Center

*Workshops - Workshops will be facilitated by award winning authors and performance artists. Thursday, June 8 @ 10:15 AM and Friday, June 9 @ 10:15 AM, KMAC Museum

*Slam Masters Slam - The 'Slam Masters Slam' is a poetry slam consisting of various coaches from various teams. The Best of The Best! Thursday, June 8 @ 12:00 PM, Mayor's Office, 527 W Jefferson St

Haiku Deathmatch - 5-7-5, The Haiku Deathmatch pits individual poets against one another in a haiku challenge. Three Flags, Majority Rules, How good is Your Haiku? Thursday, June 8 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum

Hip Hop Open Mic - Hip Hop is often acknowledged for its poetic prowess. What better place to receive rhythm and poetry (RAP) than at a poetry festival?! The Hip Hop Open Mic showcases the many versatile MC that frequent this festival. Thursday, June 8 @ 11:45 PM, KMAC Museum

Nerd Poetry Slam - Are you a self-proclaimed nerd? Well come test your strength at the Nerd Slam. This slam is fashioned for the poindexter in us all. Friday, June 9 @ 1:00 PM, KMAC Museum

Queer Poetry Slam - Come check out the poetic fluidity at our LGBTQ poetry slam. Providing a safe outlet and space for all aspects of our poetic community. Friday, June 9 @ 2:30 PM, KMAC Museum

Erotic Open Mic - Adults reciting poetry for adults. Find a babysitter and come enjoy sensuality delivered by verse. Friday, June 9 @ 11:30 PM, The Kentucky Center, SCENE at the Center

Indie Finals -  This slam is reserved for the individual highest scores during the 3 day preliminary rounds. With no teams to support, come see how the poet does when the stage is all their own. Saturday, June 10 @ 4:00 PM, The Kentucky Center, Clark-Todd Hall

Team Finals - The top 4 teams from three days of competition will meet on the final stage. Who will be crowned Southern Fried Champs of 2017? Saturday, June 10 @ 8:00 PM, The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater

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