On Saturday, May 30, the Daytona Beach arts cinema, Cinematique, concludes its current Poetry Slam series. The competition, which begins at 9:30 p.m., is open to all spoken-word poets. First prize is $50, while second prize is a $25 Cinematique gift certificate. Admission for the evening is just $5.
Poetry slams are an opportunity for poets to show off their talent in competition. The first 12 poets to reserve a spot will be allowed to compete, but the general public is welcome to come and read a poem at the open mic that follows.
Joining the competitions will be Kevin Campbell, director of MACDeLand Slams, who will offer winning poets the chance to join his team and travel to national competitions. Local poet David B. Axelrod, director of the Creative Happiness Institute, will be there to emcee.
“Of the dozen winners since September, 2014, we have been able to hire many to be featured poets at our other events,” Axelrod explained.” The series isn’t just paying a cash prize, it is helping launch poetry careers.” The bimonthly competitions will resume in the fall.
Cinematique is located at 242 South Beach St.
For competition rules, visit http://www.cinematique.org/spoken-word/. To compete, contact Axelrod at 386-337-4567 or email Axelrod@creativehappiness.org.