Event Description: The Lawyers Poetry Slam invites you to connect with your inner poet! Members of the Vancouver legal community, as well as their friends and family, are invited to attend and/or participate in an entertaining poetry slam showcasing the creativity of the Vancouver legal community. Slammers will prepare and present an original poem or similar creative work (no boilerplate allowed!), with fun prizes to be awarded to top slammers.
Prizes will be awarded to the top slammers in various categories, including:
- Top Overall Slammer
- Most Entertaining Slammer
- Wittiest Slammer
- Grooviest Slammer
- Top Slammer from the Bench
- Most Slammin’ Law Firm
Top Law Student Slammer
The MC for the evening will be a member of the Vancouver legal community. Our esteemed panel of judges will consist of a few lawyers who, let’s face it, are not at all qualified to adjudicate poetry contests, supplemented by actual poets, who are far more qualified.
The event will also feature poetry readings by our “poet laureates”—real poets who know a thing or two about poetry! Our poet laureates will both present their own work and discuss poetry and the role it plays in their lives.
Finally, there will also be a raffle, so please be sure to bring cash.
How to Purchase a Ticket: Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased either online through this page or at the door.
How to Participate as a Slammer: To register to participate as a slammer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24, 2017 stating your name and your intention to participate as a slammer. All types of poetic (or not-so-poetic) submissions are encouraged, from serious and heartfelt to humorous and irreverent. The topic need not necessarily relate to law. Props, costumes, and musical accompaniment are welcome, and poems can be of any length and style. Reading off a page is A-OK too. The event organizers will notify slammers of the order of presentation via email prior to the event. Please note that slammers are also asked to purchase a ticket in order to attend.
Donations: Proceeds will be donated to ONE TO ONE, a children’s literacy program based in Vancouver that provides one-to-one tutoring by trained volunteers to elementary school students who struggle with reading. Last year, ONE TO ONE’s 350 volunteers provided reading assistance to over 1,450 students in 84 Vancouver-area schools.
For more information about ONE TO ONE, please visit www.one-to-one.ca.
Grab the Nearest Quill and Start Writing!: We hope you’ll spread the word about this event. Come out and share a laugh, have some fun, and support children’s literacy programs. And don’t forget, this is your chance to prove to your friends, family, and colleagues that that Liberal Arts degree you keep bragging about really paid off!