Upcoming slam Dates:

*dates are 3rd Saturdays

August 18th
               BCST at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, MA

September 21st - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Ashley Catharine from Los Angeles, CA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               Season 10 kickoff

October 19th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Lady Tess from Mobile, AL). Doors open at 2:00pm. This is a daytime slam!
Poetry Day Party

November 16th - @ TBD (Featuring Imani Cezzane from San Diego, CA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               WOWPS Qualifier

December 21st - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Mista Funn from Atlanta, GA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               Holiday Spirit Slam

January 18th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Megan Rickman from Richmond, VA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               New Dawn Slam

February 15th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Lil Amaru from Durham, NC). Doors open at 11:30pm.
               10th Annual Erotic Poetry Slam

March 15th - @ Blue Coffee Cafe (Featuring Jessicah Shirah Kean from Charlotte, NC). Doors open at 9:00pm.
               Last Chance Slam/Women's History Month

April 19th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Icon from New Orleans, LA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               Grand Slam Finals

May 17th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Oak Morse from Atlanta, GA). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               Annual Challenge Slam

June 21st - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring McPherson from NY, NY). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               IWPS Qualifier

July 19th - @ The Hayti Heritage Center (Featuring Ed Mabrey from Charlotte, NC). Doors open at 7:30pm.
               Carolina Slam Tour

Congratulations to the 2013 bull city slam team:


 (left to right) Starr, Lauren Bullock, Lyrically Blesed "LB", Ishine, Dasan Ahanu

About the Poetry Slam:

The Jambalaya Soul Slam was started in 2002 by Dasan Ahanu and Ray Gorham. It moved to the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham in 2005 and has been supported by the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation ever since. Each month the slam brings together the best poets in the area to compete for a cash prize and an invitation to Grand Slam Finals where the Bull City Slam Team (BCST) is picked.  The Jambalaya Soul Slam also features some of the best poets from across the country each month. In 2009, the organizers of the slam hosted the Southern Fried Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam in Durham, NC. It is the largest regional competition in the country. The Jambalaya Soul Slam has been highlighted in the News & Observer, Herald Sun, and other media as one of the area's most successful arts programs.

About the Bull City Slam Team:

The Bull City Slam Team (BCST) is the Triangle's regional and national competing poetry slam team. They are selected through the Jambalaya Soul Slam, a monthly poetry slam series that is a part of poetry programming at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. The BCST is supported by the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation.

The BCST has represented the Triangle in regional and national competition for 7 years now. The BCST finished second in regional competition in 2009 and won a regional championship in 2010. The team finished 3rd in national competition in 2010 while making final stage for the first time and 2nd in Group Piece Finals in 2012 at the National Poetry Slam. It's team members have won regional individual championships and have ranked as high as 10th at the Individual World Poetry Slam. The BCST values being part of a rich tradition of performance poetry in North Carolina.

BCST members participate in creative writing and performance programming at the Hayti Heritage Center throughout the year. As representatives of the foundation, the BCST helps facilitate workshops, host cultural arts events, and coordinate community programs with local partners. One of the goals of both the slam and the team is to not only be a representative of the community but also an active participant in the community.

What is a Poetry Slam?

I am glad you asked.  Slam is a form of performance poetry that follows very specific rules in its delivery. Poets are given three minutes to step up to the microphone and perform one original poem of their own construction. No props, costumes, or outside accompaniment are allowed. After the poem is finished, it is given a numerical score between zero and ten by a panel of five judges who have been selected from the audience.

Poetry Slams are interactive events and the audience plays an important role in the process. Slam is about the idea that the opinion of everyone about a poem is a valid opinion. One of the goals of a poetry slam is to challenge the authority of anyone who claims absolute authority over literary value. No poet is beyond critique, as everyone is dependent upon the goodwill of the audience.

- From poetryslam.com