Where does the Festival take place?
Outspoken will take place in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Pittsfield is approximately a 55 minute drive from Albany, NY to the west and Springfield, MA to the east.
When is the Festival?
The Festival will take place April 28-30, 2017.
I'm/we're traveling from far away, is it possible to participate for just one day?
While we think it will be worth the time to attend both days, we understand that making a long drive for both days may be prohibitive, so yes, it is ok - although less than ideal - to attend Saturday only.
What ages can participate in the Festival?
There are two age groups - a high school division for poets ages 13-19 and a "college" division for poets ages 19-23.
Is there a registration fee? Does it cost anything to participate?
Participation is free. Attending the performance events (open to public) is also free.
Do I have to have a team to participate?
No, poets without a team are encouraged to register individually.
How do I register as an individual poet?
Register online. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.
What does an individual poet need to prepare?
An individual poet should prepare at least two poems. All poets should also bring a notebook and writing instruments for the workshops.
What if I am too shy or not quite ready to slam?
There will be "open mic" opportunities for poets who don't want to compete in the slam.
What is a Poetry Slam Team?
A poetry slam team consists of 4 -8 poets who have prepared a group piece as well as individual pieces.
How can I get on a team?
1) If you are part of a club, class or workshop, form your own team (we can help sort out the details); 2) Find 3 or more friends and form a team; or 3) join our weekly workshop group and we'll get on a team.
How do I register a team?
Register online. Sign up to be notified when registration opens. Teams are required to have an adult mentor/coach contact.
What does a team need to prepare?
Teams can have 3-8 poets who have prepared a poem to perform. Teams should also come have prepared a multi-voice group piece (3-4 poets).