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Poetry Slam returns to La Paloma

ENCINITAS — It’s almost time again for that one-of-a-kind experience, the Full Moon Summer Poetry Slam. The 101 Artists’ Colony and Full Moon Poets will present the slam on the August full moon, Aug. 15, at the historic La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101. Admission is free. The slam begins at 7 p.m., but poets wishing to enter will be let in at the 6 p.m. poets call. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m.
The M/C this year will be well-known local poet Marit Anderson. Anderson leads the Awaken the Poet Within group every Saturday at the Encinitas library. Anderson is also a guest editor for the San Diego Poetry Journal, in a special beat poetry section this year. Poets who perform at the Slam “have a great chance to be published.”
The Slam is for poetry fans and anyone who wants a rollicking good time, as they cheer and laugh along with the crowd that gathers to judge the worthy poets who take the stage. The slam is open to the public, and open to anyone who would like to compete. However, only the poets signed up at 6 p.m. can compete. Poets names will be put in a popcorn bucket and 12 names will be chosen to present.
Poets have three minutes to read or perform an original poem and are asked to bring three original poems. Poets may not use pre-recorded music, instruments, costumes or props. Five judges, randomly selected from the audience, will score each poet on a scale of 1 to 10. Cash winnings are collected from the audience.