Women of the World Poetry Slam

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The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) is a yearly Poetry Slam tournament put on by Poetry Slam, Inc. that pits individual slam poets from around the world that "live their lives as women"[1] against one another.

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In 2008, the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) was introduced, in which only female and female-identified poets are allowed to compete.[2] The first WOWPS was held in Detroit, Michigan and the first WOWPS champion was Andrea Gibson.

In late 2015, the languaging around inclusion was updated to read: "Competition at WOWps is limited to poets who live their lives as women. Qualified poets include female assigned or identified individuals who are PSi members and are 18+ years of age, including gender non-conforming individuals."

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Format[edit]

The tournament has two days of preliminary rounds, in which poets compete in 1, 2, 3, and 4 minute bouts. After these 4 bouts are completed, the poet's rankings in each bout are added up and the top 12 poets of the tournament are invited to compete in the final round. A 3 minute time limit is applied to the poems in the final round.[4]

Women of the World Poetry Slam Results by Year[edit]

Year Winner Runners Up Number of Competitors Host City
2017 TIE - Ebony Stewart & Oompa[5] (3) Ashley August
(4) Jasmin Roberts
(5) TIE - Shyla Hardwick & Ifrah Hussein
(7) Roya Marsh
(8) Barbara Fant
(9) Alex Tha Great
(10) GiGi Bella
(11) TIE - Shae & Jane Belinda & Natasha Hooper & Eccentrich
96 Dallas, TX
2016 TIE - Imani Cezanne & Emi Mahmoud[6] (3) iCon
(4) Honey Sanaa
(5) Shasparay Lighteard
(6) Taylor Steele
(7) Rheonna Thornton
(8) Elizabeth Acevedo
(9) TIE - Crystal Valentine & Confidence & Tanesha Nicole
(12) Chrysanthemum Tran
96 Brooklyn, NY
2015 Janae Johnson[7] (2) Roya Marsh
(3) TIE - Mercedez Holtry & Desiree Dallagiacomo
(5) TIE - Taylor Steele & Angelique Palmer & Samira Obeid
(8) Confidence Omenai
(9) Samantha Peterson
(10) FreeQuency
(11) Miss Haze
(12) Kwene
72 Albuquerque, NM
2014 Dominique Ashaheed[8] (2) Imani Cezanne
(3) Denice Frohman
(4) Carrie Rudzinski
(5) Janae Johnson
(6) Venessa Marco
(7) Melissa May
(8) Candace Liger
(9) Megan Falley
(10) Giddy
(11) elizag
(12) Erin Claridy
72 Austin, TX
2013 Denice Frohman[9] (2) Dominique Ashaheed
(3) Falu
(4) Porsha Olayiwola
(5) Denise Jolly
(6) Theresa Davis
(7) Eris Zion Venia
(8) TIE - T. Miller & Sierra DeMulder & Suzi Q Smith
(11) Meg Waldron
(12) Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie
72 Minneapolis, MN
2012 Dominique Ashaheed[10] (2) Porsha Olayiwola
(3) Kait Rokowski
(4) Joanna Hoffman
(5) Lauren Zuniga
(6) TIE - Olivia Gatwood & Whitney Greenway
(8) Melissa May
(9) Miss Haze
(10) Krista Mosca
(11) Kay Kron
(12) DeAnn Emett
72 Denver, CO
2011 Theresa Davis[11] (2) Gypsee Yo
(3) Suzi Q Smith
(4) Rachel Wiley
(5) T. Miller
(6) Safia Elhillo
(7) Lacey Roop
(8) Franny Choi
(9) Joanna Hoffman
(10) Tova Charles
(11) Mahogany L. Browne
(12) Jerrica Escoto
72 Columbus, OH
2010 Eboni Hogan[12] (2) Airea "Dee" Matthews
(3) Chauncey Beaty
(4) Laura Yes Yes
(5) Miss Wise
(6) Megan Rickman
(7) Original Woman
(8) Tristan Silverman
(9) Nicole Homer
(10) Gypsee Yo
(11) Sierra DeMulder
(12) Hannah
72 Columbus, OH
2009 Rachel McKibbens[13][14] (2) Gypsee Yo
(3) Dee Mathews
(4) Ocean
(5) T. Miller
(6) TIE - Bethsheba & Chauncey Beaty
(8) The Original Woman
(9) Theresa Davis
(10) TIE - Faylita Hicks & Taaj Freeman
(12) Red Summer
71 Detroit, MI
2008 Andrea Gibson (2) Isis
(3) T. Miller
(4) Nicole Homer
(5) Sonya Renee
(6) Tara Hardy
(7) Karyna McGlynn
(8) Original Woman
(9) Christena B.
(10) Ami Mattison
(11) D.E.E.P.
(12) Ms. Wise[15]
70 Detroit, MI

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