Chelmsford's Intergenerational Poetry Slams

“Poetry is news—news of the mind, news of the heart—and in the reading and hearing of it, poet and audience are fused. Strangers converge, but community emerges.”
-Bill Moyers from "The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets"



Watch soon for details on our next Slam --May 1st 2015!

Poet  Chelmsford's 30th Intergenerational Poetry Slam was held Friday, April 25, 2014    
   at the main Library

Congratulations to all the poets who shared their poems at our 30th Slam

Here are the top results after tallying up the votes from our audience:

First Place
Lily Robinson for "Snow Man"

Second Place
Kara Taveras for "The Cure for Anything is Salt Water"

Third Place
Zahar Daniar for "Labels"

Honorable Mention:
Emma Deese-Owens "Metamorphosis"
Leslie Koresky "April's Promise"
M. Paul Ward "Poetry Slam 4/25/14"
Tom Ryan "Bring Back the Pipes"



A Word on our (gentle) Poetry Slams...

Chelmsford's Slam is a gentle Slam. At some Poetry Slams in city bars and on college campuses judges signal their votes "Olympic style" after each reading. Our Slams are less intimidating; voting takes place quietly via a ballot box. Think of it as a Slam customized for the suburbs.

Poets of all ages: Our youngest poet was about 5; our oldest poet spent the evening of her 90th birthday at one of our Slams! The rest fall in between giving us a rich variety of perspectives of the human condition.

Audience members vote by filling out ballots with the names of their three most favorite poems or poets (we print up programs listing our poets so you can keep track of who's who). The ballots are dropped into a ballot box at the end of the evening; the votes are tallied up usually by the following day.

Click here for a list of books on poetry and poetry books.

Winners of our 29th Slam- April 2013


Poetry News:

Jack McCarthy's passing January 17, 2013

Mass Poetry Festival -