Poets from around the world will gather in Chicago for CUPSI 2017, competing for top honors in collegiate poetry slam.

In addition to sharing poetry, participants, both those competing and not, will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from other students through networking and workshops.

Volunteers Needed

Apply to be a CUPSI volunteer! Individuals are needed to assist during bouts, including timers judges, and scorekeepers.


Schedule

The bout draw will be posted closer to event start date.

Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15

Spectator Information

The public is welcome at all CUPSI bouts (preliminary, semifinals, and finals).

Preliminary Bouts and Semi-Finals Information
Preliminary Bouts will be held in UIC Student Center East on Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, and Semi-Finals will be Friday, April 13.  The UIC Student Center East is located at 750 S. Halsted St. (intersection of Halsted & Polk streets) in Chicago. Parking is available at the Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure (760 W. Taylor St., Chicago). A full day costs $11.50; the rate after 3:30 p.m. is $8.50.

Final Information
Finals will be held at the UIC Forum on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). The UIC Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. Parking is available at the Maxwell Street Parking Structure (701 W. Maxwell St., Chicago) or the UIC Parking Lot 5 (1135 S. Morgan Street, Chicago). A full day costs $11.50; the rate after 3:30 p.m. is $8.50.

Finals will require a ticket to attend. Tickets are free. Advanced tickets can be picked up at the UIC Bookstore in Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St.) starting April 1 during regular business hours. On Friday, April 13, tickets can be picked up at the UIC Forum when doors open at 6 p.m.


Student Competition Eligibility and 2017 CUPSI Rules

Please find information below regarding the eligibility requirements and code of conduct for ACUI's student competitions, as well as details about how to submit verification and the official rules for the 2017 event.

Eligibility Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Team Eligibility

 

Submitting Forms

The following forms should be downloaded and submitted to ACUI prior to the competition per the Eligibility Guidelines.

Mail forms to: ACUI, One City Centre, Suite 200, 120 W. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47404.


Official Rules of the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational  

Eligibility information may be found here; and certification information may be found here

These rules are borrowed, with minor adaptations, from Poetry Slam, Inc (PSI) and should be used for sectional, national, and international tournaments. These rules will govern the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI).

A. Poems and Performance
B. Sampling
C. The No Repeat Rule
D. The Three-Minute Rule
E. Team Pieces
F. Identification of Primary Author in Group Pieces
G. Bout Rotations
H. Judging
I. Protocol for Judge Selection
J. Scoring
K. In case of a tie
L. Breaking Ties
M. Getting to Semi Finals and Finals
N. Pick-Up Team
O. Protests

Registration

Team registration is full. Please email Kim Pho to be added to the waitlist.

Registration includes entire event access, including semi-finals and finals, as well as an opening and closing reception.

Regular (by March 13)
Late (after March 13)
Member$575$775
Nonmember$775$975

 

Register

Competing Team Members
The team registration fee covers a team of up to five poets and one coach to compete at CUPSI, as well as provides access to workshops, semifinals, finals, and receptions. It does not include travel and lodging costs.

  1. Process one team registration; make sure that the account used is affiliated with the institution.
  2. Process individual registrations. The following information is needed for each person: name, email address, T-shirt size, meal place choice (if desired), and dietary and accessibility needs. Each team member's account must also be affiliated with the institution.

Contact the ACUI Central Office at 812.245.2284 to verify institution affiliated if needed.

Noncompeting Students
Noncompeting participants may have full access to workshops, semifinals, finals, and receptions for a nominal fee ($60 for members; $78 for nonmembers). The following information is needed for each person: name, email address, T-shirt size, meal place choice (if desired), and dietary and accessibility needs. Each team member's account must also be affiliated with the institution.

Meal Plan
Participants may purchase a $50 meal card during the online registration that can be used at any eatery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Meal plans are nonrefundable and must be used during the duration of your time at CUPSI.

Cancellation Policy
Payment for all fees is due at the time of registration. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. International currency will be accepted at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment. A $25 processing fee will be added to all registrations not paid in full by the first day of the seminar. Upon written request, credit will be issued for all fees, less a $100 processing charge, until April 10. No credits will be issued beginning April 11. If payment has been received prior to cancellation, refunds will be issued, less fees, after the seminar. Unpaid cancellation fees and no-shows are billed.

Travel and Lodging

Lodging Options

Teams are responsible for transportation and lodging fees. These are not included in the registration fee. The following hotels are lodging options providing various price points within a four-mile radius of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 
Transportation

CUPSI attendees will have several options to travel to UIC. For those driving to Chicago, UIC is also conveniently located off two major highways: I-290 (Racine exit) and I-90/94 (Roosevelt/Taylor exit).

Public Transportation 
UIC’s location allows easy access to campus via public transportation through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Both CTA buses and the CTA trains (the “L”) run through and around campus. Seven CTA bus routes run through the campus (see routes as a layer on our campus map). The Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) and the Pink Line train (Polk stop) connect the campus with downtown, O’Hare International Airport, northwest, and Cicero.