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Slam poetry is a form of performance poetry that occurs within a competitive poetry event, called a “slam,” at which poets perform their own poems. These poems are judged on a numeric scale by randomly picked members of the audience.

Each year, ACUI produces the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) to offer an opportunity for campuses with new or existing poetry slam programs to compete for top honors and share their artistry and voices. The event enriches everyone by sharing poetry, embracing the value of inclusivity, and supporting a program in which “everyone’s voice is welcome.”

Interested in attending CUPSI 2016?

The 16th College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational will take place April 6–9 at the University of Texas–Austin. All events, with the exception of finals, will take place in the Student Activities Center and The Texas Union on campus. Please refer to the UT Campus Map for further reference and direction. Ticket and admission information to be announced shortly.

Event Schedule

All events are open to the public free of charge. Admission is based on seat availability.

Wednesday, April 6
5–6:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 1A
7–8:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 1B
9–10:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 1C 

Thursday, April 7
5–6:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 2A
7–8:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 2B
9–10:30 p.m. — Preliminary Bout 2C

Friday, April 8

6–8 p.m. — Semi-Finals A & B

8–10 p.m. — Semi-Finals C & D

Saturday, April 9, hosted at the 
Hoggs Memorial Auditorium at the University of Texas–Austin
7 p.m. 
— Finals

*This is a ticketed event. Tickets will also be free for members of the general public and all University of Texas–Austin students.

**Please note that the University of Texas–Austin will be hosting the Longhorn Run on campus the morning of Saturday, April 9 so access to campus may be limited.

If you have questions about attending CUPSI, please contact Kim Pho at kpho@acui.org.


Campus Parking

Parking will be available Wednesday–Saturday for CUPSI. For the Student Activities Center, guests should park in the Brazos Garage. For the Hoggs Memorial Auditorium, guests should park in the San Antonio Garage. Please be aware that there is a cost for parking based on the rates provided by the university. Please refer to the University of Texas–Austin Parking and Transportation Services website for details.

Updated March 28, 2016