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Chicon Street Poets and Fire & Flames Poetry Present Southwestern’s First Annual Poetry Slam

The Southwestern University German Department, in conjunction with Chicon Street Poets have come together to present the first annual Fire & Flames Poetry Slam at Southwestern University.

Friday, November 10th, all students, faculty, and members of the SU community - as well as the general public – are invited to attend the free gathering. The goal of this event is to celebrate poetry in all its forms.

The first part of the event will include readings by students, faculty, and members of local associations. Participants will present on a wide variety of themes, subjects, and languages.

The second half of the evening includes the slam event, highlighting seven talented slam poets in a battle of spoken-word wit! The fiery competition will include three rounds of judging, where contestants compete for cash prizes.


Event Highlights

The event includes a sponsored reading by Poetry Co-Editor for Chicon Street Poetry Journal, Nancy Lili Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s work has appeared in many journals including Foxing Quarterly, Northwind Magazine, and Spork Press. She’s written book reviews for Harper Perennial, Random House, and The Rumpus. In 2014, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Another highlight of the evening is the event’s emcee, Joe Brundidge, author of Element 615 and co-host of KOOP 91.7’s Writing On the Air. Brundidge has hosted a number of open mic events for nearly 20 years, including his own show Spoken&Heard at Kick Butt Coffee. He served as the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival from 2012-2015 and serves as the Event Coordinator/Curator for Chicon Street Poets, a nonprofit literary arts organization.


The Fire & Flames Poetry event is made possible with a grant by the American Association of Teachers in German (AATG) that was awarded to Michelle Reyes, Professor of German at Southwestern.


Event Details

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Location: Mood-Bridwell Atrium @ Southwestern University

Time: Doors open at 6pm

  • 6-7pm; Spoken Word & Language Poetry
  • 7-8pm; Slam Poetry Event

Complimentary refreshments will be served.


For more information or questions about this can’t-miss event visit Fire & Flames Poetry Facebook page, or contact Michelle Reyes,

For more information about Chicon Street Poets visit their website.