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Welcome to
JAFA Poetry Slam

The Points Are Not The Point. The Point Is The People.

An event series. A community. A platform.
Auckland's only monthly poetry slam.


JAFA Poetry Slam is a community that runs performance poetry events in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.

It was founded in 2015 by Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind. A dedicated group of poets and volunteers currently host, curate and produce the events. We are committed to creating a safe, nurturing space for writers and poets to grow. 

We host 6 to 8 events a year in Central Auckland, including the Auckland Regional Finals which sends Auckland's representatives to the New Zealand National Poetry Slam Finals. 

Our shows are interactive: judges are chosen from the audience and the audience sways the judges. If you're a writer who doesn't feel ready to compete, you can read on our open mic. 

Come join our community - we'd love to have you. 

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