Team Poetry Slam - In partnership with The Mount, WordXWord brings several northeast-based teams to the Berkshires for a friendly face off ahead of their departure for the National Poetry Slam competition in Denver. Teams expected to compete include House Slam (Boston); Boston Poetry Slam; Lizard Lounge (Boston); Mill City Slam (Lowell); Union Square (NYC); Nitty Gritty (Albany); and Home Team (Berkshire).
Poetry Slams are spirited, yet friendly, spoken word "competitions" with free ranging styles. The audience is advised that this program may contain explicit content.
This single day, multi-bout tournament runs from 3-8P, with bouts scheduled for 3P, 4P, 6P, with the championship bout at 7P. The audience is welcome to take in a single bout, or to take in the entire tournament.
For this event, The Mount welcomes the public to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds between bouts. Note that this program is not appropriate for children and younger teens. The audience is advised that this program may contain explicit content.
Poetry sCrawl - A multi-stop poetry stroll through the Upstreet Cultural District of Downtown Pittsfield. Starts at Dottie’s and ends at the Whitney Center for the Arts.
Poetry Brawl - Opening Reception & Poetic Games including head-to-head haiku, rap battle, insta-collabs, etc. Games are open to sCrawl poets and anyone in the room who wants to give it a go.
Intersection - Following up on last year's Ragged Edge of Truth, the 2017 WXW Festival will continue to drill down to explore what makes truth relative and more than a little bit slippery. We all exist at the intersection of multiple identities. Some we inherit, others are fluid. Some we own from the inside, and some are layered onto us by others. This program explores the intersection of those identities. The audience is advised that this program may contain explicit content.
For Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky, WordXWord - in harmony with the Berkshire Museum's exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World - WXW has invited and challenged poets, representing a wide range of styles and an even wider range of ages, to use iconic guitar solos as prompts - or jumping off points - for original poetry/spoken word.
WXW Poetry Slam - Through a preliminary round in multiple venues and a set of semis, four finalists are identified for a two round, mind boggling, word tossing, eye gouging fight for the crown and title of WordXWord Poetry Slam Champion 2017. The audience is advised that this program may contain explicit content.