What is NPS?

The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four- to five-person teams from all over North America and Europe gather to compete against each other for the national team title. It has become part super bowl, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam’s highest-profile showcase.

The show itself is a collaboration between Poetry Slam, Inc., and the host city; non-profit PSi oversees registered teams and tournament direction, while the host city provides performance venues, competition staff, and one super-lucky audience drawn from the poetry lovers of the city. Part national undertaking, part local movement, NPS 2011 is shaping up to be the greatest National Poetry Slam yet.

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