S.P.E.A.K. On It!

S.P.E.A.K. University hosts open mics, poetry slams, writing and performance workshops on the campus of SFSU. Students learn and participate in writing, performance, event planning, budgeting, marketing, leadership and networking. 

Campus Organization

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Since 2010 S.P.E.A.K. as an on-campus organization has been planning and hosting art and poetry events for the students and community surrounding SFSU. Are you a student interested in joining? Be sure to fill out the contact form. We'd love to have you. 

Open Mic

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Every 2nd Thursday in The Depot at the Cesar Chavez Student Center students take a break from class, sports, projects and exams to listen to and share art at this open mic event. All are welcome. Be sure to check out our open mic guidelines as you prepare your performance.

Poetry Slam

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A poetry slam is a competitive event in which spoken word poetry is judged by the audience. The top 5 poets get to represent SFSU at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Poetry slams are held in SFSU's historic Poetry Center. Interested in slamming? Be sure to check out the slam rules.

Events

2.13

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU Featuring Pages Matam

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

Event Details

2.13

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU Featuring Pages Matam

Pages Matam is an international artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa, currently residing in Washington D.C. He is the Director of...

Event Details

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

3.12

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU Featuring Janae Johnson

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

Event Details

3.12

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU Featuring Janae Johnson

Join us for our monthly open mic! 

List opens at 6:00pm

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

4.9

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

Event Details

4.9

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU

Join us for our monthly open mic! 

List opens at 6:00pm

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

5.14

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

Event Details

5.14

S.P.E.A.K. at SFSU

Join us for our monthly open mic! 

List opens at 6:00pm

6pm - 9pm

The Depot, SFSU

Contact Us

Get involved!

Are you an SFSU student interested in joining S.P.E.A.K.?

Want more info about joining the slam team? Any other questions? Shoot us an e-mail and we'll be glad to reach out. 

S.P.E.A.K. is located in The Depot inside CCSC

1650 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132, United States

Poetry slam rules

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Poetry Slam Rules

  1. Poetry Slams are held in the Poetry Center on the 5th floor of the Humanities Building, HUM 512.
  2. Poets interested in slamming should arrive 30 minutes prior to start of show.
  3. Poets are allowed 3 minutes with a 10 second grace period for each round. Points are deducted starting at 3:10:01
  4. Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
  5. Each poet must perform original work that they have created.
  6. No props, costumes, musical instruments or pre-recorded music allowed. 
  7. Poets must have two different poems prepared for finals. . 
  8. Poets will draw numbers from a hat to decide the order of the first round. The second round order will be decided based on the first round scores with the highest scoring poet going first.
  9. Competing poets must be available for biweekly poetry slam practices beginning January 2020 and must be available to attend the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Richmond, VA April  14-19th. 

For questions email us at speakcalifornia@gmail.com