The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four- to five-person teams from all over North America and Europe gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam’s highest-profile showcase.
The show itself is a collaboration between Poetry Slam, Inc., and the host city; non-profit PSi oversees registered teams and tournament direction, while the host city provides performance venues, competition staff, and one super-lucky audience drawn from the poetry lovers of the city. Both a national undertaking and a local movement, NPS 2013 will mark the third time the tournament has been held in Boston, and it’s shaping up to be the greatest National Poetry Slam yet.