Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Teens
    Saturday, September 1
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This year's event will include some of the nation’s top youth slam groups—from the capital and around the country. Champion delegates from Baltimore, Boston, D.C. and Sacramento will compete to be named the festival's top youth slammer by performing new works on books and reading. Celebrity judges include Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the bestselling novel-in-verse "The Poet X;" 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion Natalie Illum; and poet Javier Zamora, winner of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award. This event is presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center and the poetry organization Split This Rock.

Never been to a poetry slam or don’t know what it is? A poetry slam is a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel. The poems can range from traditional to hip-hop in style; they can be delivered straight or in a theatrical manner. But one thing is certain: All who come will be wowed and moved.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Poetry Slam