Preview: It's Poet, Verses, Poet at the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Finals

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Ann Arbor's Poetry Slam Finals will feature born and bread poet, Tim

Ann Arbor's Poetry Slam Finals will feature born and bread poet, Tim "Toaster" Henderson.

This year's [http://www.a2poetry.org/store/finals|Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Finals] are happening Saturday, April 16 at Espresso Royale on State Street.

The top 12 competitors from this season will deliver their best poetry for the chance to win one of four team spots to represent Ann Arbor at the [http://poetryslam.com/faq/national-poetry-slam-faq/|National Poetry Slam], plus there will be a full feature performance by internationally acclaimed poet [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sA-PHEt3jM|Tim "Toaster" Henderson].

Laboring all year to cook up their best poetic recipes, 12 champion poets will rush the stage with only three minutes each—holding nothing back—to tell it all and tell it well! The audience erupts with boos, roars, applause - or silence - to cast their votes in front of five randomly selected audience member judges.

Excitement rises as the number of contenders drops to nine, then seven, then five, until only four triumph, earning the right to represent Ann Arbor at the National Poetry Slam!

And, as if 12 award-winning local poets weren't enough to blow your mind and soothe your conscience, internationally acclaimed poet Tim "Toaster" Henderson is traveling in to offer a feature performance. Henderson, based in the Bay Area but originally from Chicago, is one of the most captivating poets and performers of our generation. Come ready for an epic final showdown at Espresso Royale on State St. on April 16.


Community contributor Garret Potter is a slam poet and a co-organizer of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam along with Lindsay Stone.


The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Finals take place Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7 pm at Espresso Royale at 324 S. State St. in Ann Arbor. [http://www.a2poetry.org/tickets
|Advance tickets] are $8 student, $10 general, the cost is $15 at the door. Visit the [https://www.facebook.com/AnnArborPoetrySlam|Ann Arbor Poetry Slam's Facebook page] for more details.

The [http://www.a2poetry.org|Ann Arbor Poetry Slam] is free and open to the public and happens every first and third Sunday at Espresso Royale on State Street.