The writing and sharing of haiku is a deeply entrenched cultural practice in the poetry slam community, and the participants of the annual Haiku Death Match have been historically celebrated at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam for their wit and use of well-crafted images. The “slam-style haiku” is just 17 syllables (or less) and contains no title. As many as 32 poets will begin the competition, battling one-on-one until the top 2 are left standing. The top 2 poets will compete on the big stage at the finals of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam Saturday evening at the Carver Community Cultural Center.
Individuals who wish to compete in the Death Match should arrive before the event to sign up. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact the event host Adam “Henzbo-ku” Henze at [email protected]