UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is hosting its fifth annual poetry slam on Thursday, May 8 from noon – 1pm in the campus courtyard. UW-WC library staff manages the competition, which includes poetry readings by students, faculty and staff - performing in teams or solo. This year’s theme is “Feel the Beatnik” - with the campus drumming club providing some rhythmic beats between readings. The public is welcome to attend the light-hearted event, which includes free coffee (donated by Dunn Brothers of West Bend) and brownies.
Original poetry is strongly encouraged, but not required. Each participant is judged in four main areas: creativity (either in content or in performance), quality of reading, entertainment value and stage presence. Performances must be kept under 4 minutes. Each performer is asked to introduce his/her poem and provide a brief explanation of the motivation behind writing or selecting the poem. Participants are judged by UW-WC faculty; however, audience participation (applause) does influence the judges’ award entertainment points. Cash prizes are awarded to the top performers. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the cafeteria.
UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend.