word war 7by Petula Caesar

This Sunday, March 1st is the seventh annual Word War Poetry Slam. Hosted by the incomparable Rebecca Dupas, this Baltimore tradition sponsored by The Baltimore Scene features a winner take all $700 cash prize to the poet who survives three rounds of scrutiny from a panel of judges which have included other top poets, lyric lovers and literary types (yours truly has even been a judge).

last years word warJudges’ table from last year’s Word War

Though the slam usually takes place in December, it was rescheduled to March so that Baltimore Scene CEO Chin-yer could deal with some health issues. But she’s back, out and about and ready to give some lucky poet a very nice piece of cash (along with an escort out of the building). Another change for Word War 7 in addition to the date is the venue — this year’s slam will be held at Echo Lounge, located at 9835 Liberty Road in Randallstown. Doors open at 7 p.m, and tickets are $12.

Go to the Facebook event page for the slam for more details.

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