Key Dates/Season Schedule





Saturday, December 16th

H.E.S. Slam Team Interest Social

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Centre 4 Girls

Saturday Afternoons:
Jan. 6th-July 14th

H.E.S. Slam Team Workshops/Practices

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


Friday, January 26th

H.E.S. Team Qualifier Slam
(Hosted by Wally B.)

7:30 pm-9:30 pm

The Inkwell Centre

Friday, February 23rd

H.E.S. Team Qualifier Slam
(Hosted by Liz Prisley)

7:30 pm-9:30 pm

The Inkwell Centre

Friday, March 16th

GASP! 2018 Gasparilla Arts Festival

6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Tampa Museum of Art

Wednesday, March 28th

USF Pledges of Allegiance Performance

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

USF Contemporary Art Museum

Friday, March 30th

H.E.S. Team Qualifier Slam
(Hosted by Dennis Amadeus)

7:30 pm-9:30 pm

The Inkwell Centre

Saturday, March 31st

2018 H.E.S. Team Selection Saturday

1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Saturday, April 7th

H.E.S. Team Initiation

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


Tuesday, April 17th

National Poetry Month:“Grow” Performance and Workshop

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

SouthShore Regional Library

Saturday, May 19th

WeSpoke’s Seniors vs. Freshmen Poetry Slam


Tre Amici-The Bunker

Friday, May 25th

Heard ‘Em Say’s 11th Anniversary & Awards Show (Fundraiser)

7:00 pm-10:30 pm

The Inkwell Center

Wednesday, June 6th-Saturday, June 9th

Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam**


San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, July 18th-Saturday, July 21st

2018 Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival & Slam


Chicago, IL

Additional Training/Resources: SpeakTank***: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month; The Blind Tiger Café 1901 E. 7th Ave (Ybor City); Writing Workshop 6pm-8pm

WeSpoke***: 3rd Saturday of the month; Tre Amici @ the Bunker 1907 N. 19th Str. (Ybor City); Slam 8pm-10pm

*Additional events will be added throughout the slam season. We will be sure to keep you informed.

**We are currently not slated to compete in this slam; however, this is an excellent trip for teens to get an idea of what a National/International slam will look and feel like. Please note that this is an uncensored adult competition. Parental discretion is advised.

***Please note that these are uncensored adult show and venue. Parental discretion is advised.