Poets from around the world gathered in Chicago for CUPSI 2017, competing for top honors in collegiate poetry slam.

In addition to sharing poetry, participants, both those competing and not, had the opportunity to engage with and learned from other students through networking and workshops.


For up-to-date event information, download the CUPSI 2017 guide in the ACUI mobile app. A web-based version of the mobile guide is also available.

Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15

CUPSI 2017 Results

Results for all bouts are now posted below, and the 2017 CUPSI - Overall Results [pdf] are available.

Preliminary 1 Results
Preliminary 2 Results
Semi-Finals Results
Finals Results
Awards & Recognitions

Spectator Information

The public is welcome at all CUPSI bouts (preliminary, semi-finals, and finals).

Preliminary Bouts Information
Preliminary Bouts will be held in UIC Student Center East on Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13. The UIC Student Center East is located at 750 S. Halsted St. (intersection of Halsted & Polk streets) in Chicago. Parking is available at the Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure (760 W. Taylor St., Chicago). A full day costs $11.50; the rate after 3:30 p.m. is $8.50.

Semi-Finals and Final Information
Hosted at the UIC Forum, Semi-Finals will be held on Friday, April 14 and finals will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). The UIC Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Parking is available at the Maxwell Street Parking Structure (701 W. Maxwell St., Chicago) or the UIC Parking Lot 5 (1135 S. Morgan Street, Chicago). A full day costs $11.50; the rate after 3:30 p.m. is $8.50.

Finals will require a ticket to attend. Tickets are free. Advanced tickets can be picked up at the UIC Bookstore in Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St.) starting April 1 during regular business hours. On Friday, April 13, tickets can be picked up at the UIC Forum when doors open at 6 p.m.

Student Competition Eligibility and 2017 CUPSI Rules

Please find information below regarding the eligibility requirements and code of conduct for ACUI's student competitions, as well as details about how to submit verification and the official rules for the 2017 event.

Official Rules of the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational  

Eligibility information may be found here; and certification information may be found here

These rules are borrowed, with minor adaptations, from Poetry Slam, Inc (PSI) and should be used for sectional, national, and international tournaments. These rules will govern the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI).

A. Poems and Performance
B. Sampling
C. The No Repeat Rule
D. The Three-Minute Rule
E. Team Pieces
F. Identification of Primary Author in Group Pieces
G. Bout Rotations
H. Judging
I. Protocol for Judge Selection
J. Scoring
K. In case of a tie
L. Breaking Ties
M. Getting to Semi Finals and Finals
N. Pick-Up Team
O. Protests


Submitting Forms

The following forms should be downloaded and submitted to ACUI prior to the competition per the Eligibility Guidelines.

Mail forms to: ACUI, One City Centre, Suite 200, 120 W. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47404.

Eligibility Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Team Eligibility


Team registration is now closed. Please email acui@acui.org with any questions or visit registration at the program on Wednesday, April 13.

Competing Team Members
The team registration fee covers a team of up to five poets and one coach to compete at CUPSI, as well as provides access to workshops, semifinals, finals, and receptions. It does not include travel and lodging costs.

  1. Process one team registration; make sure that the account used is affiliated with the institution.
  2. Process individual registrations. The following information is needed for each person: name, email address, T-shirt size, meal place choice (if desired), and dietary and accessibility needs. Each team member's account must also be affiliated with the institution.

Noncompeting Students
Noncompeting participants may have full access to workshops, semifinals, finals, and receptions for a nominal fee. Each team member's account must also be affiliated with the institution.

Cancellation Policy
Payment for all fees is due at the time of registration. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. International currency will be accepted at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment. A $25 processing fee will be added to all registrations not paid in full by the first day of the seminar. Upon written request, credit will be issued for all fees, less a $100 processing charge, until April 10. No credits will be issued beginning April 11. If payment has been received prior to cancellation, refunds will be issued, less fees, after the event. Unpaid cancellation fees and no-shows are billed.

Travel and Lodging

Lodging Options

Teams are responsible for transportation and lodging fees. These are not included in the registration fee. The following hotels are lodging options providing various price points within a four-mile radius of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


CUPSI attendees will have several options to travel to UIC. For those driving to Chicago, UIC is also conveniently located off two major highways: I-290 (Racine exit) and I-90/94 (Roosevelt/Taylor exit).

Public Transportation 
UIC’s location allows easy access to campus via public transportation through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Both CTA buses and the CTA trains (the “L”) run through and around campus. Seven CTA bus routes run through the campus (see routes as a layer on our campus map). The Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) and the Pink Line train (Polk stop) connect the campus with downtown, O’Hare International Airport, northwest, and Cicero.