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Welcome to
The JAFA Poetry Slam

2021 Best Performance Poetry Award - Auckland Fringe 
2021 Auckland Art Festival Award - Auckland Fringe

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 was founded in 2015 by Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind. It is currently hosted, curated and produced by a dedicated group of poets and volunteers who 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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