When: Sat., Aug. 9, 8-10 p.m. 2014
It’s psychologically healthy to give yourself goose bumps every once in a while — just to make sure all of those emotional juices are flowing. One of the surest ways to get that dose of chicken skin is to attend a good poetry slam. Luckily for the East Bay, the National Poetry Slam has chosen to travel to Oakland this week for its 25th annual championship tournament. The almost week-long event began Monday, August 4 and will continue until the slam finals take place on Saturday night. Seventy-two teams of slam poets from all over the country have traveled to Oakland to take part in the tournament and dozens of related events — including workshops, open mics, and performances — around the city. An array of passes are available, providing various levels of access to events and slams, including tickets for those who are only interested in seeing the final faceoff at the Scottish Rite Center Theater (1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland). The Bay Area has a thriving slam poetry landscape of its own, and the first-ever National Poetry Slam took place in San Francisco, but this is the first time that the best slam poets in the country are gathering in Oakland to pull on heartstrings.