Morse Library Poetry Slam

April 11
8:00 pm

Join The Morse Institute Library for an evening of fast-paced competitive poetry! Presented by Geof Hewitt, this annual event invites local poets to the stage to share their original work for a chance to win prizes and take the title for their age category. 

What is a slam?

A slam is a competitive event where poets perform their own work and are judged by the audience.

Who can slam?

If you’re ready to stand in front of an audience and read your original work, you can slam.

What are the rules? 

  • Poets must arrive at 6:45 pm to register. Poets should bring two original poems that can be performed in 3 minutes or less.
  • This program is for all ages with two age levels of competition: Dr. Seuss, age 14 and under, The Dickenson, ages 15 and older.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages.
  • No registration required for audience participation.

Will there be prizes?

Yes. A 1st place prize will be awarded for each age category. Every participant will receive a certificate of participation.


For more information contact the library at 508-647-6520 or email

About the Presenter

Geof  Hewitt  started  publishing  poems  in  1966.  He  became  Vermont's  Poetry  Slam Champion  in  2004  (winning  by  one-tenth  of  a  point).  A  Vermont  championship  has  not been held since, so he tirelessly boasts that he is "Vermont's Reigning Slam Champ." Geof served  for  21  years  as  Writing  Consultant  for  the  Vermont  Department  of Education,  and  now  offers  writing  workshops  for  teachers  and  students  throughout  New England.  He  also  teaches  for  Union  Institute  &  University's  undergraduate  B.A. program.  His  recent  books  include  Hewitt's  Guide  to  Slam  Poetry  and  Poetry  Slam (Discover Writing Press, 2005), which won the Mom's Choice Award in 2008, and The Perfect Heart: Selected and New Poems (2010).