The mission of Slam Nuba is to promote the creation and performance of poetry, by cultivating literary activities and engaging community through the power of the written and spoken word.
Slam Nuba is an award-winning performance poetry organization based in Denver, Colorado. Originating in 2006 as a program of the Pan African Arts Society and certified by Poetry Slam Inc, Slam Nuba has become a collective of many of the nation’s finest poets, including Amy Everhart, the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion & Dominique Ashaheed, the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Slam Nuba was conceived by Ashara Ekundayo, Ken Arkind, and Panama Soweto. Café Nuba, Denver’s premier monthly poetry showcase, had been a registered Poetry Slam, Inc. venue for several years and had never sent a team to the National Poetry Slam. With the support of the community, Slam Nuba was created for the purpose of representing the versatility of Denver’s poetry scene under its parent organization of Café Nuba.
In 2011, Slam Nuba won The National Poetry Slam Championship. Every single member of the Slam Nuba has appeared on at least one final stage in the trio of large competitions put on by PSI. Slam Nuba was inducted to the Denver Westword’s Mastermind Class of 2011. This award is given to creative people and groups who serve the Denver community with an invaluable service or product. The organization has performed in many places outside of poetry slam including local events as Denver’s Black Arts Festival, Freedom of Speech, Café Cultura, & Mercury Café Poetry Slam.
Because of COVID-19, we decided to make an episode of Slam Nuba for all of you to enjoy.
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