By dbanach - Posted on 28 July 2011

Aug 9 2011 12:00 pm



The Boston Poetry Slam, in conjunction with Poetry Slam, Inc., is pleased to announce that the 2011 National Poetry Slam will be held in Central Square, Cambridge, with select events just over the river in Boston. Seventy-six teams of poets from around the country will participate in official competition beginning Tuesday, August 9, and continuing through Saturday, August 13, with festival events such as workshops, open mics, and late-night poetry games open to the public.



Volunteers are needed and they get into the events free!  We should send a contingent from St. A's !


Volunteer Information


Here are the MUST KNOWS for volunteers at the tournament approaches:

  • Orientation. You MUST attend orientation on Monday, August 8 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm OR on Tuesday, August 9 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Both orientations will occur at the host hotel: Le Meridien Cambridge on 20 Sidney St. in Cambridge, MA.  At this meeting, you will be given your assignments for the week, instructions on all the volunteer tasks, your volunteer passes, and your t-shirt.  If you are available for both meetings or are able to choose, please come on Monday.  (That will make my life a little easier.)  But either is just fine.
  • Lodging. The host hotel is full on Friday and Saturday.  You can still book rooms the other nights, but our overfill hotel can be found on the lodging page of the NPS website.  NPS does not provide lodging for you, and you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.  (Hostels, craigslist, and couch surfing are all cheap options--all with their own risks and caveats.)  That said, the group rate for the hotels is totally available to volunteers, and we encourage you to take advantage of it.
  • Passes.  All volunteers will receive a Volunteer Pass for working three or more events.  This pass will get you access to all events you are working, day events, all prelim and semi-final bouts, and all late-night events.  It does not include access to Finals, Group Piece Finals, and the screening of Louder Than a Bomb.  You are welcome to attend all of these events, but because of limited space, you will have to purchase tickets.  Information about purchasing finals tickets in advance can be found at the bottom of the venue information page.
  • Volunteer Open Mics.  We are offering THREE volunteer open mics throughout the week to show our appreciation for our volunteers.  Writers and performers, I encourage you to come and share your work.  Everyone else, I encourage you to attend and see the amazing talent on our volunteer team!  There are tons of other open mics, workshops, and special events throughout the weekend, and you are encouraged to participate in all of them!  Information about the volunteer open mics and the other day events can be found here.  Late night events can be found here.

Even though you won't receive your assignments until the orientation meetings, I am beginning scheduling this week.  As a confirmation of your participation as a volunteer and to ensure that you get your volunteer pass, I need you to e-mail me the following things:
    1) Your name
    2) If your are attending Monday or Tuesday orientation
    3) What days you will be available (Monday the 8th through Sunday the 13th)
    4) What times you are available (Day: 10:30am to 4pm/ Night: 6:00pm to 11:30pm/ Late-Night: 10:30pm to 2am)
    5) Any other last-minute info I need to know about scheduling you
I know that I have most of this information already, but, like I said, this is just to confirm your attendance, your participation as a volunteer, and your poet pass.  IF YOU ARE NO LONGER VOLUNTEERING for any reason, let me know that as well.  Please e-mail me as soon as possible.  I'm going to start calling and checking in with everyone I don't hear from on Thursday and Friday.


Megan Thoma

National Poetry Slam 2011


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