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UPCOMING 2023 DATES: May13, July 8, September 9, November 11


DuWaup's Cincinnati Poetry Slam is organized, hosted and executive produced by legendary,

award-winning spoken word artist and entrepreneur,

Kimberly “DuWaup” Bolden.

DuWaup's Cincinnati Poetry Slam is Cincinnati's premier art & networking event.

Patrons, poets, and small business vendors connect at Artsville's cultural art center for a night of networking and outstanding artistry.

Sixteen poets fight it out in a high-energy three-round poetry slam battle.

It's all love, but this is war!!

What's at stake??
$700 total in cash prizes!!

1st $500
2nd $125
3rd $75

$20 in advance
$25 at the door

$30 poet registration fee.


$35 vendor fee



For additional information email 


Kimberly “DuWaup” Bolden is a nationally known poet

and spoken word artist who has been writing creatively,

performing, and hosting artist showcase events for two decades.

DuWaup has toured and performed in numerous cities around the country alongside

some of today’s most prolific and profound artists. She is the founder and Executive Producer of Cincinnati Poetry Slam as well as the Executive Assistant and Poetry Programs Manager at Elementz Hip Hop Cultural Center located in Cincinnati, OH. She has won spoken word competitions and awards, both as a solo artist and as a member of spoken word groups and collectives.  DuWaup has collaborated with other creatives on major spoken word events, recording projects, stage plays, web series, and publications.  DuWaup released her first book title "SINCERELY, DuWaup" accompanied by a digitally distributed poetry and music project  "SINCERELY, DuWaup" The Soundtrack. 

For additional details and information about DuWaup, visit 

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