Slamming Bricks

Slamming Bricks 2021

Slamming Bricks: A Riot on 1st Street is an annual slam poetry competition (21+) in its fourth year produced by the Western Colorado Writer’s Forum and organized by Caleb Ferganchick during Colorado West Pride’s Pride Week in Grand Junction, Colorado at Charlie Dwellington’s. Slamming Bricks is the largest LGBTQ+ slam event in the state of Colorado.

Slamming Bricks is an intersectional competition exploring resistance and liberation in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Poets from all over the American West compete in four rounds of poetry in a battle for the brick.

Slamming Bricks has featured Colorado Poet Laureate, Bobby LeFebre, and star of HBO’s Emmy nominated show We’re Here, Euerka O’Hara.

You can watch the 2021 Slamming Bricks competition here, and the virtual 2020 Slamming Bricks competition here.

If you are interested in competing in Slamming Bricks, contact Caleb below. All poets receive free lodging, travel reimbursement, meals, a stipend for performing, CWP Pride Passes, and the opportunity to sell merchandise (no overhead fees collected). Slamming Bricks 2022 registration is full. Additional registrations will be added to a waitlist in the event of a drop.

You can also use the form below if you are interested in sponsoring Slamming Bricks. Slamming Bricks is funded through community grants and the generous support of donors.

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