As local Poetry Slams are gearing up for the National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM August 10-13, 2005, it bears repeating that the SlamMasters passed a rule a couple of years ago making the minimum age of poets 21 for all PSI events UNLESS the host city took positive action to reduce it to 18 or over. Albuquerque has announced they will be able to accomodate 18 year old poets at NPS 2005.
This action by Albuquerque has no bearing on NPS 2006 or beyond, but this year at least, we open the doors to all poets 18 years and older.
Our lawyers and our insurance carrier prohibit us from allowing underaged poets from competing.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Albuquerque.