11th Annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam by Marc K. Smith

Apr 29th 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

156 East - 156 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL


In Galesburg, Illinois, sponsored by Marc K. Smith, The Big Read, Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, and Carl Sandburg College.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Slam begins at 9 p.m.

11th Annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam, hosted by Mark K. (Slampapi) Smith, founder/creator of the International Poetry Slam movement.

The Rootabaga Poetry Slam is a unique form of performance poetry competition open to all ages. Smith brings a regional slam competition to Galesburg and the Festival. Top “slammers” from across the Midwest are expected to come and compete for cash prizes totaling $350. First place $200, second place $100, third place $50.

Those interested in competing in the Poetry Slam may contact Marc at or call 815-656-1276. Visit Smith’s website at

There is no entry fee to compete. Admission is free. However, a freewill offering will be accepted, with refreshments provided. An all-ages event, but a cash bar is available. 10th Annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam band will be Andy Crawford - guitar, Daniel Leahy, Keyboards. This event is sponsored by The Big Read, Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and Carl Sandburg College.


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