Twelve Literary Arts 

Where tradition meets innovation

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 9:00pm - 11:30pm

The People Open Mic and iWPS Qualifier Slam

The Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106

$3 for students (with ID)/$5 for adults 

FREE for members of Twelve Literary Arts

The next installment of The People will determine the next poet(s) to represent Cleveland at the Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in Spokane. A separate event from the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) returns to the Inland Northwest October 11-14, 2017. Here, 72 of the world’s top poets compete for the championship title. iWPS brings together the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world to compete in preliminary competitions over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion. In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. 

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 | 8pm - 11pm

The People Poetry Slam Send-Off Performance

Twelve Literary Arts, 325 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

This is it!

Damien McClendon, Ephraim Nehemiah, Christine Howey,
AKeemjamal Rollins, and alternate, Daniel Gray-Kontar

The team has been cooking up work to share with anyone who wants to know! 

Please show up to Twelve Literary Arts Incubator and share a good time with our work, art, poetry, and stuff. :)

The event will be free, but donations will help. So please come! We will have a brief open mic beforehand!

Friday, August 4th, 2017 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

One Mic Open: First Friday Open Mic and Slam

Happy Dog at The Euclid Tavern

11625, Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Youth artists and adults!
Doors open at 8:30pm!
We kick off at 9pm
$3 Students | $5 Adults
Open Mic and Slam sign up AT THE DOOR! Limited slots available for singers, rappers, poets etc. 5 min time limit! ALL AGES
Slam: Two poems, cash prize, ALL AGES

For more information about One Mic Open contact Eric Odum at: 
(216) 350-6333 or email

Friday, August 26th, 2017 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Poetry for the People

75 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113

Join us as we bring Poetry Slam to downtown Public Square. Veteran poets Eva Barrett, John Burroughs, Ephraim Nehemiah, Akeemjamal Rollins, and Dominicque Smith weave words and compete for bragging rights as Cleveland's poetry slam champion of the evening. It's a poetry slam as the sun sets. What more do you need?

Hosted by Daniel Gray-Kontar. Sounds provided by DJ Eso.

We'll be right by Rebol on Public Square.

Brought to you by Twelve Literary Arts, Public Square, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

For more information, contact Twelve Literary Arts at (216) 350-6333.

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