Dec 14 - 16
1ST Annual Exit 36 Poetry Festival Winter Festival...

1ST Annual Exit 36 Poetry Festival Winter Festival...

Presented by Pompano Beach CRA Bojos Seafood Kitchen Pmpano Beach Cultural Center PSC SECURITY at Downtown Pompano Arts district

We’ve seen poetry change the lives of thousands of young people. We’ve seen spoken word serve as a catalyst for social change and humanitarianism, but most near to our hearts and our mission are the times we’ve seen a young person write their very first . With their hands and voice shaking, we witness them share it in front of their peers. It is this moment, the spark of empowerment, the realization that change can happen through words, which fueled us to start Pompano’s First Slam Poetry Festival.

The slam festival is open to the entire country of poets. The Public is encouraged to participate and perform in events open to the public. Poets of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Spots are limited, so we will accept participants on a first-come, first-served basis.


Continue the Progression of the arts in the city of Pompano Beach
Promote community responsibility and support.
To provide a safe space for artist to perform

WHAT: Exit 36 will be a 2 day poetry Festival that seeks to serve the community through educational, theatrical, and literary programs. Nurture, support and showcase regional, national and international writers and poets and to honor the creative genius of our own cultural arts pioneers.
What is a Poetry Slam?

If you have never seen a poetry slam before, prepare to be amazed. Poetry Slam is high energy, high intensity, relevant and virtuoso performances by some of this nation’s greatest talent and minds. Poetry slam is more than an art form—it’s an experience.  20 indie poetry slammers, will compete for cash prizes and this year’s bragging rights. That’s over 20, 30 Volunteers and loads of fun. Exit36 competing poets will represent all races, colors, creeds, gender identities and regions of the United States.

WHEN: The entire festival will take place in the Downtown Pompano Arts district from Friday December 14 – Saturday December 16 2018 and will include, Poetry Bouts, Poetry Cyphers, a poetry Community picnic, community service & more. It will be the First & largest poetry slam event in the history of Pompano and Broward County.



1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place $1,000

3rd Place $500

Total Cash Prize: $3,500

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Volunteers: call for volunteers to keep time, scoring, helping with registration, juding etc.

Bout Spaces: Bouts and workshops will be held between Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts and Cultural arts center.

Prelims Bouts: will be held at Bailey Contemporary Arts Including Blooming Bean


* mandatory for participating poets and/or volunteers
Friday December 14, 2018

*2pm – 4pm Poet Registration/Welcome Reception, Check in, Opening Ceremony & Bout Draw – Ali
Indy Prelim bouts 7pm – 8:30pm

Bout 1: BaCa Downstairs
Bout 2: Blooming Bean Or Baca Upstairs
Indy Prelim bouts 9pm – 10:30pm

Bout 1: BaCa Downstairs
Bout 2: Blooming Bean Or Baca Upstairs
11:30pm until: Poetry Cypher & Fellowship
Saturday December 15, 2018

10am- 11am Community Service Blunt road homeless shelter or Workshop

1pm – 4pm Community Beach Party & Picnic

8pm- 10pm Indy Finals @ Pompano Beach Cultural Center

10pm – 1am Festival Party & Fellowship @ Ali Cultural Art Center

(weather contingent & Community is Invited)

Sunday December 16, 2018
Farewell Breakfast from 9 to 12       Bojo’s Kitchen
Festival Format & Rules

20 Poets. Top 12 Go to Final Stag

Final Stage 12 – 7 – 4

Final Stage is cumulative first 2 rounds. Final round is clean slate

Prelims & Semis poets will have 3min and a 10 sec grace

Final Stage will be 3min and 20 sec grace

NO REPEAT of poems even on final stage

Ties will be broken with the poet with higher Single Scores advancing

Protest to Scores must be done after bout before score sheets are signed. Once score sheets are signed no protest can be issued. Score sheets MUST BE signed by all competitors.

3 of the Judges will be randomly selected. With the remaining 2 randomly selected from a pre-selected group of Judges.


Dates & Times

2018/12/14 - 2018/12/16

Location Info

Downtown Pompano Arts district

Pompano Beach, FL