Speak, spit and slam: Uptown Poetry Showdown

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A pen is definitely mightier than a sword for those participating in the Uptown Poetry Showdown this weekend, on June 4.

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Hosted by Respect Da Mic Poetry Slam, this battle of words will pit four local poetry teams against one another to win ultimate street credibility — and to prepare for the regional and national slams in Atlanta and Boston, respectively. But this ruthless crusade isn’t just about the showdown. Respect Da Mic is also hosting a writing workshop open to writers of all ages who wish to get the creative juices flowing. Afterward, a “Spit Dat” slam is open to youth poets ages 12-19 before the showdown begins.

Let the verbal carnage begin.

For more information, visit www.respectdamic.org.

$5-$10.

Workshop at noon, teen slam at 1 p.m. and showdown at 2 p.m.

Harvey B. Gantt Center

551 S. Tyron St.

704-547-3700.

— Kyra Gemberling

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