The Belfast Poetry Slam is back again, just in time to rouse the poetic mood for this year’s Belfast Poetry Festival. On Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St., city Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke will host a live action poetry performance contest open to all.

Everyone is invited to come to The Playhouse ready for high art, high vaudeville, live words and bold times in a mock-Olympics performance. Poets bold enough to take the stage should bring several poems of their own composition, each no longer than three minutes long. Following the familiar slam format, no costumes, props or musical instruments are allowed. After each contestant’s performance of a single poem, five judges randomly selected from the audience will hold up Olympics-style 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 October slam, co-sponsored by the Belfast Poetry Festival, will be held as a benefit for The Playhouse and donations of $5 or other offers are welcome.

The slam comes one week before the Belfast Poetry Festival unveils drama, spunk and grace of its own, as the “Poem to Behold” live multimedia show, new to the Festival this year, comes to the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., preceded at 4 p.m. by food, drink and a mix-&-mingle. This year’s Poetry Festival will feature 17 poets and 11 visual artists, of coastal and statewide repute, working in 12 collaborative teams to present art that responds to words and words that respond to art in a live, simultaneous projection of words and images. Poetry Festival events at the Hutchinson center are free and open to the public.

For more information on the slam and slam poetry, visit; contact Fricke at; or contact The Playhouse’s Mary Weaver at or 338-5777. For more information on the Belfast Poetry Festival, contact Fricke or visit or the event’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or