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The National Poetry Slam competition lasts five days. During the first three nights (Tuesday through Thursday, August 9-11), each team will compete in two preliminary bouts with 20 teams advancing to the semi-finals on Friday, August 12. 12 teams will also advance to the Group Piece Finals, a showcase competition of the best multi-voice work of the event, immediately following the semi-finals. The final four teams will compete in the 2011 National Poetry Slam Finals on Saturday, August 13.

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