Coffeehouse Poetry Slam at the Hub Featuring Melissa Lozada-Oliva April 13, 2018 7-9pm

 April is National Poetry Month.  There are several opportunities in the area during the month of April to try your hand at being a Bard.  This is one of them another, is the 9th Annual Wordsmiths Toastmasters Poetry Contest on April 23rd at Hamline University’s Giddens Learning Center room 106-W.  We’ll post more about that one in another post.  ~~ admin

Date: April 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Blythe Baird Email:
Location: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center)
Sponsor: Programming Board (HUPB)

Description: Coffeehouse Poetry Slam description

HUPB presents… The April Coffeehouse POETRY SLAM featuring MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA!

This event is free and open to the public! This event is also the LAST Coffeehouse Poetry Slam of the year!! Don’t miss it!

Where: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center, 1537 Hewitt AveHamline Campus Map & Virtual Tour (the Google Map doesn’t list where this is and the address is missing as well it’s to the west of the Leonidas Hamline Statue on the north side of the street across from Giddens Learning Center)

When: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Sign-up to slam: starts at 6:30 pm
The show: starts at 7 pm

Anyone is welcome to sign up. No experience required!
1st place receives $100, 2nd place receives $50!

Coffee and treats (good ones- like cake pops and chocolate covered strawberries) will be served!

Rules of the slam:

• There will be 8-10 slots for people to sign up at 6:30 pm. If we get more sign-ups than that, we will draw randomly from those who signed up to fill the slots.
• There will be 3 rounds in which each poet will read a poem that they wrote, either from memory or off of some sort of technology(phone or paper). Eliminations will occur each round. Typically we go from 8 to 4 to top 2.
• Randomly chosen audience members will rate each poem on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0.
• Each poem has a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds, and half a point will be deducted for every 10 seconds over the limit.
• Props & musical accompaniments are not allowed and will incur a penalty if used. (Props include using clothing for emphasis, or any other thing on stage that is not a body part or your voice.)

Questions? Email or

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken word poet & educator living in New York by way of Boston. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic Pajaros & Rude Girl is Lonely Girl!(pizza pi press) & peluda (Button Poetry), which explores the intersecting narratives of body image, hair removal & Latina identity. Her works have been featured on Buzzfeed, REMEZCLA, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Guardian, and her mom’s Facebook statuses. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.

Check out one of Melissa’s poems here:

We are posting this article as Hamline University is within the boundaries of House District 66B.  We are not connected to, or associated with Hamline University.  The featured poet is not exactly Conservative and may appeal more to the students at this Liberal Arts University but she has free speech rights like everyone else.  This is a courtesy, we copied this from the Hamline University Website: Hamline News — admin

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