Individual World Poetry Slam

 Spokane hosted the Individual World Poetry Slam last week. Poets came from all over to throw down for a chance to win the slam but there were also plenty of more casual slams happening around town as part of the event. Auntie's, Merlyn's, Boots Coffee, and Neato Burrito all participated along with the downtown library. I love how Spokane has a burgeoning literary scene-lots of writers and poets and it is attracting outside interest, such as this awesome poetry competition.

Merlyn's is a fun comic and gaming store next to the Saranac Commons, so a perfect spot for the "Nerd Slam". Each poet picked a nerd specialty and was asked a trivial question about their specialty before they performed their poem. It was really fun to see what people picked for specialties-Star Trek, Dr. Who, Westaros religions, Naturo and more. The time it took for each poet to think about the trivial questions gave me a chance to think about how I was going to tackle sketching them. Except for the cross spread title sketch at the end, I made each sketch in around 1-3 minutes. Challenging and fun!

 Superman themed poem!

Superman themed poem!

 Gesture and body language was a big part of the performance.

Gesture and body language was a big part of the performance.

 There was some swearing.

There was some swearing.

 People are really into Game of Thrones, man.

People are really into Game of Thrones, man.

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 I thought it was interesting that all the poets that read their poem, did so off a phone, not a piece of paper.

I thought it was interesting that all the poets that read their poem, did so off a phone, not a piece of paper.

 Loved the flower headdress and tinted glasses.

Loved the flower headdress and tinted glasses.

 Dr. Who was very popular.

Dr. Who was very popular.

 Poem about Stephen King horror novels.

Poem about Stephen King horror novels.

 The rest of the writing reads, "I never would have gotten a Star Wars tattoo if I knew that it meant Geek Boys would touch me."

The rest of the writing reads, "I never would have gotten a Star Wars tattoo if I knew that it meant Geek Boys would touch me."

 This guy started off the event and I had a chance to sketch some of the background poster as the organizers were getting set up.

This guy started off the event and I had a chance to sketch some of the background poster as the organizers were getting set up.

If you want to go to some poetry readings here in Spokane, there's a weekly poetry reading/slam on Wednesdays at Neato Burrito and there are regular readings at Auntie's bookstore. Check them out. It can be a lot of fun!