Zachary Kluckman 

Festival Director
(505) 985-9708

Katrina Kaye

Volunteer Coordinator

Side Events

What to Do When You're Not Competing 


We have a Ton of Open Mics and Themed Readings You Can Rock With (Schedule Will Be Posted Soon) 

  • Latin Peoples Open Mic - Hosted by Marcial Delgado
  • Indigenous Open Mic - Hosted by Beata Tsosie Pena
  • Haiku Head-to-Head - Hosted by PropagandaPoet
  • LGBTQ+ Open Mic - Hosted by Raina Jane
  • Nerd Slam - Hosted by LeJuane (El'Ja) Bowens
  • Black Poets Open Mic - Hosted by Alex Tha Great
  • Visible/Invisible Disabilities Open Mic
  • They/Them/Theirs Open Mic - Hosted by the.changeling
  • Erotica/Speakeasy Open Mic - Hosted by Kristin Patton
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Open Mic-Hosted by Keith Allen
  • Sober Soliloquies Open Mic - Hosted by Zachary Kluckman



Special Features 

For More Information on Our Special Events, Read On Below! 



Workshop Hosts: (Details TBA) 

1)  Billy Tuggle - Write to the Future: A Speculative Poetry Workshop

2)  LeJuane Bowens

3)  Seth Walker - How to Tour Professionally

4)  Izzy Kaye - Writing to Heal as a Survivor

5)  Black Chakra - The Myth of Writer's Block



Additional Events

Still Looking for More? We Got You! 

  • Daily Yoga Sessions - Hosted By Katrina Kaye
  • Breaking Bread Slam Family Picnic
  • Poetry Market
  • Mini-Games
  • & More!



Special Events 

You Won't Wanna Miss These! 

Big Feelings: One Woman Show starring Gigi Bella 

gigi bella has been ranked the tenth woman poet in the world (WOWPS 2017), two time Project X Bronx Poetry Champion and a National Poetry Slam Champion. She currently has 14 videos on Button Poetry and has been featured on stages with Andrea Gibson, Sabrina Benaim, Olivia Gatwood and many others. Her chapbook, weird things, was featured on the instagram of pop singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave,” Waitress the Musical) Her performance work has also been lauded as "great storytelling," by Marc Sotkin (headwriter on The Golden Girls, writer and showrunner of Laverne and Shirley) and further praised by NYT Bestelling Author of The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero. Her book, big feelings, is available through Game Over Books and is a Small Press Distribution Bestseller. Her one woman show of the same title is set to make its international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2024, but you can see it at the Chicharra Poetry Festival First! 


Edgetime Stories: Hosted by Jack Tapestry  

A special 90 minute event featuring 4 icons of the slam community reflecting on Legendary Stories from NPS (the National Poetry Slam). Uncensored, hilarious and yup, you guessed it, edgy!  More details soon! 



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