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Thanksgiving Compliment Deathmatch + Poetry Slam

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Compliment Deathmatch Phoenix Arizona

Join us every Thursday of the month for the longest running poetry slam in Phoenix, AZ!

This Thanksgiving, we will kick off the night with a COMPLIMENT DEATHMATCH, a head-to-head bracket style competition in which competitors have 30 seconds to compliment their opponent poetically (either freestyle of prewritten). Afterwards, the Phoenix Poetry Slam will begin!

15 poets compete in three rounds of performance poetry judged by 5 randomly selected members of the audience.
Today’s Phoenix Poetry Slam from Lawn Gnome Publishing is the result of years of seeking talented new voices and promoting strong literary events.

Lawn Gnome Publishing brought the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam to Phoenix, AZ. It was the first time a Poetry Slam Inc event has been held in Arizona since the performance art was established in the 90’s. Our mission is to provide a space for local writers/artists/performers/etc. to explore and perfect their own craft. Our commitment is community. We welcome persons of any and all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities, ages, etc. As writers and literary critics, we value freedom of speech and thus do not limit, moderate or otherwise censor any content, and so there is a blanket trigger warning for all events. However, we strive to create a constructive atmosphere of equality, sensitivity, and progress, one that encourages discussion and actively opposes marginalization of any persons or group. Our goal isn’t tolerance of diversity, but its empowerment and alliance.

Our venue is The Lost Leaf, a beer and wine bar located at 914 N 5th St in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The folks behind The Lost Leaf are pretty sincere about their beer. The bohemian-style drinkery/gallery, housed in a vintage 1930s-era domicile, offers a selection of more than 100 different kinds of ales, lagers, stouts, and other intoxicating brews available by the bottle. If that isn’t enough to wet your whistle, the Lost Leaf also serves a host of wines, meads, and even sake, to boot. If you can tear yourself away from the bar, check out the pulchritudinous paintings and other outstanding works of art hanging on the walls, or enjoy nightly performances by a variety of musicians and bands.

Credit for the event format for the Compliment Deathmatch goes to Salt Lake City slam poet, RJ Walker.
Poets interested in competing in the Compliment Deathmatch need to send an email to lawngnomepublishing@gmail.com with “THATSNICE” in the Subject Line. Poets interested in competing in the weekly slam send an email to lawngnomepublishing@gmail.com with “POETRY SLAM” in the subject line. We will reply with a confirmation of availability and some tips to help you prepare for the event!


Lawn Gnome Publishing


The Lost Leaf
918 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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(602) 258-0014