Campus Involvement

About Us - UM Slam Poetry is University of Michigan’s premier poetry club dedicated to slam poetry. It is the only club to officially represent University of Michigan at the Association of College Unions International Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). UM Slam hosts and organizes poetry slams, poetry writing workshops, pop-up poetry sessions, collaborative slams with multiple student organizations on campus, and a myriad of awesome events & programs throughout the academic year!!  The slams in particular lead poets to the Grand Slam held in January, which determines what poets will be selected to represent the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor at CUPSI.   


UM Slam is NOT ONLY for competing CUPSI poets. It is for any and all U of M students and/or poets that wish to join a community of poets, further their writing/performance skills or enjoy watching/attending poetry slams.  We encourage all to come enjoy some good fun and community with UM Slam poetry.  


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Meet the E-Board

Kai Mason, Co-President

Hi, and welcome! My name is Kai and I am an English major on the pre-law track. I got into slam when I was in high school after discovering Button Poetry, and performed my first full poem my senior year. Since then, it has been my dream to compete in CUPSI (and one of the reasons I came to Michigan)! It was mindblowing to go last year and meet all of the poets I once idolized. I'm excited to meet you and to listen to your work!!! Go in, poet ;)



Sydney Bagnall, Co-President


CUPSI Information

The College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) is an international poetry slam competition where colleges and universities around the world send student poets to compete. Poets travel to the host school and compete in a 3 day competition, consisting of several rounds of slams until the final stage. They are then ranked and awards are given. 

CUPSI 2017