Attention young Houston poets, spoken word artists, and emcees, ages 13-19!

Compete for your spot on the Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, ranked #5 in the world. Perform original poetry in front of a live audience at any of our preliminary slams. The top 6 winners of the Space City Grand Slam will represent Houston at Brave New Voices in Chicago in July 2018, receiving free travel, meals, and accommodations.

Free Slam Workshop for Youth

World-renowned poet Chinaka Hodge will kick off the Space City Slam Series with a performance and a free slam workshop for youth. Workshop space is limited.


Chinaka has published three books, including her recent book of poetry titled Dated Emcees. Chinaka’s poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, Believer Magazine, LA Review, PBS, NPR, CSpan, TED, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. She is currently working as a writer for NBC Universal on an upcoming series.

Slam Dates & Locations



  • Mar 24 | MECA | 10am & 1pm

Grand Slam