Tag Archives: Slam Poems

SlamNation – NYC Team Rehearsals

Posted by Paul Devlin:


In SlamNation there are many candid behind-the-scenes of the New York team, including great moments when they rehearse for the finals. Many poets have told me that they look on enviously: “I wish people could see OUR rehearsals. AMAZING things happen.”


We gave poet muMs da Schemer a camera to capture the intimate moments of his team. He shots hours of footage. Here’s an outtake with experimental editing of footage from the camera left recording on a table.


Buy or stream digitally on VHX
SlamNation DVD
SlamNation Trailer

Slammin’ Becomes SlamNation

Posted by Paul Devlin:
I had completed my television pilot shot, Slammin’, shot at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café, and was shopping it to TV as a series. By then I was hooked into slam poetry in a big way. So in the summer of 1995 I went on a pilgrimage of sorts to Ann Arbor where the National Poetry Slam was happening that year.

There I met the movement’s founder Marc Smith. Man, did he give me the evil eye! He did not trust television people and he was very wary of someone appropriating and perverting the great thing that he had started. He also did not like the fact that Slammin’  was centered in New York, a place he was naturally suspicious of, being from Chicago.

So he and poets Gary Glazner and Allan Wolf sat me down, and explained their vision of where slam poetry should go and their reservations about putting it on television. I listened carefully and their interest in maintaining the integrity of the movement and keeping it inclusive to represent the diversity of slam poetry across the entire country had resonance. This meeting is the seed that germinated into SlamNation. Eventually I became good friends with all of them and part of the community myself.

SlamNation DVD
SlamNation Trailer


Here’s a moving new poem from our friend Beau Sia, one of the stars of SlamNation.

Notes from Beau Sia:

“if u want to help support our work, one way is to download the audio here.

this is a poem i wrote. a video eyad zahra made. music that dawen created and played beautifully in order to give the piece an emotional depth i am moved by. please check out dawen and eyad’s other work. it’s pretty rad stuff. many thanks to a.r.t., lien, and you for taking the time to listen to what i have to share.”