On June 5-8, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana will host the 21th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The four-day festival is slated to take place in downtown New Orleans. The Southern Fried Poetry Slam will be expected to attract over two hundred people. The literary competition features preliminary bouts and culminates in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finals on Saturday, June 8, 2013. In addition to the commemorative Moon Pies and RC Colas of Southern Fried tradition, this year’s champions will receive over $6500 in cash and various prizes as well as a couple local merchant wears.
During the four-day event, poets will host free writing and performance workshops that are welcome to all throughout the community. There will also be special workshops designed for any young, aspiring writers who have any curiosity about becoming a spoken word artist. Outside of our traditional workshops we also provide opportunities for visiting poets to take part in community service in host city. While the Southern Fried Poetry Slam primarily highlights poets hailing from the South, it is also the second-largest poetry competition in the nation. This event is hosted by regional collectives that take pride in preserving its long-standing traditions while embarking on new ones. The 21th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam is proudly presented by The 2012 National Poetry Slam Champions, Slam New Orleans.