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 that are judged on a numeric scale by randomly picked members of the audience.

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

2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational


The 17th College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) will be held April 12–15, 2017 at the University of Illinois - Chicago.   Registration will be posted in December, please stay tuned for more additional information.

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Interested in hosting?

ACUI now is accepting bids from member institutions to host the 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. View this page for more information and a sample bid packet.

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Questions about the program

If you have questions about getting involved with ACUI's Poetry Slam programs, certification, eligibility, or event registration those can be directed to:

Kim Pho
Association of College Unions International

Updated March 1, 2017