The Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department will host the 3rd Annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival, featuring 15 renowned poets from across the United States, from December 10 to 12. Due to COVID-19, the festival will be live streamed to the public while poets compete in the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Viewers can select among participation plans, like the Poetry Package for $10, Workshop Package for $15, and Festival Pass for $20. For tickets, registration, and a full schedule of the festival’s events, click here.
“Since a spoken word artist Brandon Leake won America’s Got Talent in October, there has been an expanding interest in this highly competitive and visually aesthetic artform,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “That is why we are so proud that the Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival offers opportunities for workshops and artist talks, in addition to featuring the country’s premiere poets, who will dazzle audiences with their amazing word play as they battle it out for the top prizes.”
The first place winner, second place winner, and third place winner will receive $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively. The prizes are underwritten by the Pompano Beach Arts Foundation, Inc.
Festival coordinator Sharonda “Eccentrich” Richardson is the fourteenth ranked female poet in the world, an honor she received during the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Richardson was born and raised in Pompano Beach and is the winner of a Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Award recognizing outstanding creativity. She is a member of the celebrated spoken word team, Dada, which finished first at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Her poetry is featured on Button Poetry, an acclaimed platform committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion, and fundraising for performance poetry.
“I am very proud of how this festival has grown, and despite COVID-19, we have an incredible lineup of spoken word artists who are arriving from all over the country to participate in this festival, which grows in prestige each year,” said Richardson. “We hope every poet’s hometown friends and family reserves a spot to experience all the inspiring performances and dynamic events scheduled.”