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Participate in a Poetry Slam Competition, inspired by the themes and learning points found in The House of Mango Street.

November 16: Poetry Slam Competition
As an individual, or as a small group, enter a Poetry Slam Competition that will take place at the IU Northwest campus from 2 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium. Slam poetry is the competitive art of performance poetry, with a dual emphasis on writing and performance that encourages poets to focus on what they are saying, and how they are saying it. Poet(s) will perform their works and will be evaluated by five judges. The poem must relate back to the themes and learning points found in The House on Mango Street.

Basic rules:

  • Each poem must be of the poet's original construction.
  • Poet(s) have three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem.
  • No props, costumes, or musical instruments allowed.

For complete rules and guidelines, please click here.

To sign-up, please complete an application:

Minors are required to submit a Parental Consent Form/Assumption of Risk and Release from Liability.

For questions, please contact Andrea Griffin, Ph.D. at or (219) 980-6912.