Poetry Slam

“Slam Dunking” Words

Yearly, during our region-wide poetry slam, kids enjoy the art of slam dunking words.  Sure, you know what a “slam dunk” is in basketball, but do you know what just a “slam” is?  It’s a competition that places emphasis on a participant’s abilities to write and to perform poetry.  To give voice to youth, the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation (TYD) presents a youth poetry slam every year during National Poetry Month in April.

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While TYD’s poetry slam and the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) poetry competition both promote healthy-competition, at UIL students must perform published works of noted authors, whereas the TYD slam offers students an outlet to give voice to their own creativity.


  • Poems must be original.
  • Absolutely no profanity is allowed.
  • No props!
  • This is a performance, not a reading. Choreographed movements and other unique expressions are encouraged.
  • Each contestant must submit a Parent Consent & Release form signed by a parent/guardian to participate. 
  • Performances are timed.  Each poet or poetry team gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period).  If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  • Participants must submit a written copy of the poem they plan to perform at least 3 days in advance.
  • Students who attend the slam must be accompanied by a teacher, parent, or a coach.

If you need more information call: (817) 306-4441

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