Thursday | March 10, 2016

Festival

9:00am – 11:00am  |  Poet Registration 

Location: Memorial Hall Lobby | Pratt Institute Library
Description: All conference attendees must check in to registration for badge and slam (evening competition) order number.

10:00am – 11:30am  |  MFA Panel

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Pratt faculty Laura Elrick and MFA Writing student Cecily Schuler will lead a discussion on pros and cons of attending an MFA program in pursuit of poetry and creative writing.

12:00pm – 1:00pm  |  Poet Orientation

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Orientation is a mandatory information session about the conference including schedules, Q&A, and welcome performance.

2:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Opening Ceremonies

Location: BRIC Museum | 647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY
Description: Opening Ceremony will consist of an intergenerational reading featuring Patricia Smith, Christina Olivares, Falu, and former New York Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana.

4:00pm – 5:30pm  |  MC & Bout Manager Orientation

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: All MC and Bout Manager Volunteers must attend this orientation to assure they have their passes and that their IDs and phone numbers are noted for emergencies.

Divider City

Preliminary Bouts

Description: The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet.

Thursday: 4 minute / 1 minute

First Round: poets read a four minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a one minute poem.

6:30pm-8:00pm

Preliminary Bout

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library

Preliminary Bout

Location: Fishbowl | Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Basement

Preliminary Bout

Location: Chapel | Pratt Institute East Building

Preliminary Bout

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall

8:30pm-10:00pm

Preliminary Bout

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library

Preliminary Bout

Location: Fishbowl | Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Basement 

Preliminary Bout

Location: Chapel | Pratt Institute East Building

Preliminary Bout

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall

Divider CityLate Night Event

11:00pm  | Prelims Mixer

Location: Moot Bar |  579 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY
Description: Join us after your first bouts for some great drinks and conversation at MOOT Bar.

See y’all Friday…


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