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Slam poetry is a form of performance poetry that occurs within a competitive poetry event, called a “slam,” at which poets perform their own poems that are judged on a numeric scale by randomly picked members of the audience.

Each year, ACUI produces the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) offering an opportunity for campuses with new or existing Poetry Slam programs to compete for top honors and to share their artistry and voices. And everyone is enriched by sharing poetry, embracing the value of inclusivity, and supporting a program in which “Everyone’s voice is welcome.”

2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

The 14th College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) location was held March 12–15, 2014 at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Event information can be found here

Interested in hosting?

ACUI now is accepting bids from member institutions to host the 2016 or 2017. College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Bid forms can be submitted. Contact brimagee@acui.org for questions.

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Questions about the program

If you have questions about getting involved with ACUI's Poetry Slam programs, certification, eligibility, or event registration those can be directed to:

Brian Magee
Association of College Unions International
brimagee@acui.org
812.245.8088

Updated April 16, 2014