The Belfast Poetry Slam is back again, bringing the bold comment of the poetic voice to the frenzy of the summer season and the strange revelations of our times. Former Belfast Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke will host a live-action poetry performance contest, open to all, Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

Everyone is invited to come ready for high art, high vaudeville, live words and bold times as this mock-Olympic performance injects drama, heartbreak, spunk and grace 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 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 Olympic-style scorecards to furnish a numeric score; the victors will advance to the next rounds. Prizes of literary interest and cultural relevance, including gift certificates, zines and volumes of poetry, will be awarded.

Cold and hot drinks and a selection of freshly homemade baked goods, courtesy of Molly’s Kitchen in Belfast, will be provided. The June slam will be held as a benefit for the Playhouse Theatre and donations of $5 are welcome. For more information on slam poetry, visit For details on the local event,  contact Fricke at; or Mary Weaver at or 338-5777.

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