City Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke is bringing the Poetry Slam back to Belfast. On Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St., Fricke will host a live-action poetry performance contest, open to all. Audiences should be prepared for high art, high vaudeville, live words and bold times as this mock-Olympic performance injects grace, wit, and spunk into the everyday conception of poetry.

Poets bold enough to take the stage should bring several poems of their own composition, each no longer than three minutes. Following the familiar slam format, no props, costumes or musical instruments are allowed. After each contestant’s performance of a single poem, five judges randomly selected from the audience will hold up Olympic scorecards to furnish a numeric score and the victors will advance to the next rounds. Prizes of literary interest and cultural relevance will be awarded.

The August slam will be held as a benefit for The Playhouse and donations of $5 or other offers are welcome. For more information, see the international Poetry Slam website at; contact Fricke at; or contact The Playhouse’s Mary Weaver at or 338-5777.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or