Our DPL Slam Team along with hundreds of other premiere poets compete at the National Poetry Slam competition! NPS is an annual poetry slam championship tournament, where teams of poets gather to share their work with the community and to compete against each other for the national team title. Let’s go!

*GSC = Grand Slam Champion

2017
4th in the nation!
Kito GSC, Poetic Moment GSC, Ms. Wise, Yesika Salgado, Aman Batra

2016
Kito GSC, Ms. Wise, Yesika Salgado, Saint, Aman Batra

2015
Tonya Ingram GSC, Ms. Wise, Fisseha Moges, Edwin Bodney, KiNG

2014
Ms. Wise GSC, Terisa Siagatonu, Matthew Cuban, Yesika Salgado, Carrie Rudzinski

2013
2nd in the nation!
Rudy Francisco GSC, Javon Johnson, Terisa Siagatonu, Fisseha Moges, Imani Cezanne

2012
4th in the nation!
Fisseha Moges GSC, Terisa Siagatonu, Javon Johnson, Simply Kat, Venessa Marco

2011
8th in the nation!

Nick Macedo GSC, Edwin Bodney, April Rose Rojas, Javon Johnson, Fisseha Moges

2010
No team competed.

2009
No team competed.

2008
10th in the nation!
Javon Johnson GSC, Aja Monet, Rudy Francisco, Simply Kat, Paul Mabon

2007
Tshaka Campbell GSC, Javon Johnson, Nikki Blak, IN-Q, Shihan

2006
Made it to Semi-Finals!
Mr. Poetic GSC, Tshaka Campbell, Nikki Blak, Crystal Irby

2005
3rd in the nation!
Javon Johnson GSC, Rives, Simply Kat, Ratpack Slim, Crystal Irby, Shihan

2004
NPS Champions!!!
GaKnew GSC, Javon Johnson, Rives, Omari Hardwick, Shihan

2003
5th in the nation!
IN-Q GSC, Omari Hardwick, Snowplough, Katrina Recto, Shihan, Gimel

2002
9th (?) in the nation!
Steve Connell GSC, Sekou Tha Misfit (NPS Indie Champion), Bridget Gray, Taalam Acey, GaKnew

2001
17th in the nation!
GaKnew GSC, Nafeesa Monroe, Ty Scott, Bridget Gray, IN-Q

2000
Shihan GSC, IN-Q, Ben Porter Lewis, Rachel Kann, Ashley Hammond Rodriguez