The Coast News Group

Poetry Slam comes to Encinitas

ENCINITAS — Full Moon Poets will present its next La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, at the historic La Paloma Theatre at 471 S. Coast Highway 101. Admission is free. Poets wishing to enter should arrive at 5 p.m.For interested poets, all names will be placed in the famous popcorn bucket and the first 17 names pulled will be the line-up for the night. There are three elimination rounds going from 17 poets to eight and the final three for the last round. Prize money collected from the audience will go to the winners. No props, musical instruments, costumes or recorded music allowed. Poets need three original poems that do not exceed three minutes each. For more information and rules go to

Each year, Encinitas-based Full Moon Poets presents two major poetry slams at La Paloma, one in the summer and one in the winter. The competition is now in its 13th year and draws poets from throughout the county and beyond.