Or, we thought we did. Looking back, a few of the elements of a poetry slam were missing: no judges, no scores, and no one won. We all just read poems. But we didn’t know a slam was supposed to be a competition, and “Poetry Slam” looked nice on a flyer.
I didn’t need the scores—to me, it was already extremely competitive. It was my chance to prove I could write.
In college I kept writing but didn’t perform it anywhere. I just had secret competitions in my head with anyone I thought was cocky and/or a good writer. Then, in an Intro to Creative Writing class, I met Patrick Maloney, who told me I should try slamming.