More than 400 poets from all over the United States will spend this week in Decatur, competing in the National Poetry Slam, which is being hosted in Georgia for the first time.
Poets in San Francisco hosted the first National Poetry Slam competition in 1990.
Host city coordinator Daryl Funn won a bid to host the competition in his native city of Decatur in 2013.
“The National Poetry Slam is like the world’s biggest poetry battle. There’s nothing bigger than this one,” Funn said. “About 400 poets, 72 teams, spanned over six days. For the first time, bringing it to Georgia, is like the opportunity of a lifetime.”
In addition to slam poetry battles, the event will include workshops, open readings, hip-hop and haiku competitions, an American Sign Language cabaret showcase and a Nerd Slam.