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First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2024 Semifinals

The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is the premier spoken word championship in the region. What started as a humble open mic competition in 2013, hosted at the University of the Southern Caribbean with a cash prize of $1000, has now transformed into a world class showcase featuring the best spoken word artists in Trinidad and Tobago.

Now in its 12th year, the Grand Slam boasts of the largest cash prize of $50,000, made possible by the unwavering support of First Citizens. It is also the closing event of the Bocas Lit Fest, (Discover more at bocaslitfest.com).

Get your tickets:
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Central Bank Auditorium

Semifinals 1

Semifinal Round 1 will see 15 poets face off for a chance to advance in the Grand Slam on April 28 where they will meet defending champion Kyle Hernandez! Here are the performers:

  • Abibi-Africa Williams
  • Alexandra Stewart
  • Annette Taylor
  • Dershawn Hernandez
  • Earth Lezama
  • Markus Wylie
  • Master-Akeem Phillip
  • Ronaldo Mohammed
  • Shakir Gray
  • Shakira Burton
  • Shimiah Lewis
  • Soleil La Barrie
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Swasthi Maharaj
  • Tevin Douglas
Wildcard Performers
  • Gabrielle Abdool
  • Hakeem Dublin
Get Tickets - Round 1

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Central Bank Auditorium

Semifinals 2

Semifinal Round 2 will see 15 poets face off for a chance to advance in the Grand Slam on April 28 where they will meet defending champion Kyle Hernandez! Here are the performers:

  • Abdul Majeed Abdal Karim
  • Alicia Haynes
  • Celestial Marshall
  • Daniel Baptiste
  • Darion Cunningham
  • Dennis Joseph
  • Derron Sandy
  • Gabrielle Murray
  • Joel Philip
  • Kedisha Thomas
  • Keeron Isaac
  • Kevin Soyer
  • Kevin Fortune
  • Michael Logie
  • Seth Sylvester
Wildcard Performers
  • Nia Thompson
  • Renaldo Briggs
Get Tickets - Round 2

  • Date : 23 March 2024 - 24 March 2024
  • Time : 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (America/Port_of_Spain)
  • Venue : The Central Bank Auditorium