Rochester Art Ensemble’s 4th Annual Day of the Dead Poets Slam is here! Day of the Dead Poets Slam is a combination of a Poetry Slam and Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Doors open: 6:00 PM
Performance by Mexica Yololt & Mexica Yolotlzin (Aztec Dancers): 6:40 PM
Day of the Dead Poets Slam: 7:00 PM

Day of the Dead Poets Slam honors late and great poets through the crucible of the world famous Poetry Slam. Poets arrive in character as their favorite dead poet, think Maya Angelou vs. Walt Whitman vs. Sylvia Plath vs. Pablo Neruda etc., and deliver high powered performances of that poet’s works in an electrifying head to head competition for cash, prizes and glory. Poets are encouraged to use props, costumes and makeup while they compete in an environment festooned with Day of the Dead decorations, including altars, colorful papel picado, decorated sugar skulls and more!

Rowdy audience participation is encouraged by cheering for poems you love, and booing the judges when you disagree with their scores. Audience members are also encouraged to wear calavera style makeup, and come dressed as their favorite dead poet! We will have a makeup artist on hand to help with face painting at the event.

There will be t-shirts and other items available for purchase. There will be free snacks available throughout the night, and a cash bar available for alcoholic beverages. Please bring ID if you wish to buy from the cash bar.

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Day of the Dead Poets Slam 2017 is a production of Rochester Art Ensemble.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.