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Bring your best voice for poetry slam

ENCINITAS — What better to go with a full moon than some slammin’ poetry?

The 2014 La Paloma Full Moon Poets’ Summer Poetry Slam doors open at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway. Admission is free. The contest starts at 7 p.m. Poets Call to enter is 6 p.m. at the theater’s front door. Any poets under 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the release provided by the theater.

Poets wishing to enter will put their name in a popcorn bucket and the first 17 names pulled at random will be the line-up for the night.

Regular Slam rules: no recorded music or instruments, no costumes, bring three original poems not longer than 3 minutes in performance each. There are three elimination rounds. 17 poets in the first round then eight for the second and three for the finals.

The three finalists get a cash prize collected from the audience during the slam. The audience shows its appreciation for the crafting of the poem and the performance of the poet by dropping a few bucks in the popcorn bucket when it comes around. The Full Moon Poetry Slam may not be for those easily offended by strong language and subject matter.

The historic 1928 La Paloma Theatre is a traditional landmark for the Slam and it is presented by the 101 Artists’ Colony and Full Moon Poets. For more information go to or e-mail Sponsors for the Summer Slam are: Coast New Group, Detour Salon, Soul Scape, Encinitas 101, Double Take, Iced Tea Services of San Diego and the Billy Stewart Foundation for the Arts.