The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will co-host a special slam poetry event with Iowa City Poetry Slam and Drop the Mic – Iowa City at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at MERGE as part of the Downtown Iowa City Block Party.

The event, Slam O Vision, is a project of the international UNESCO Cities of Literature. Slam poets in 11 Cities of Literature will compete to be named the Slam O Vision champion.

A video of the winning poet from the June 22 event in Iowa City will be entered into the contest. At a later date, Iowa City poets and poetry lovers will convene to watch and rank the 11 poets. The same will happen in the other participating Cities of Literature. The scores will be tabulated and an international Slam O Vision poet will be crowned during the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Participants from Bucheon, South Korea; Edinburgh, Scotland; Iowa City; Heidelberg, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Nottingham, England; Quebec City, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland; Seattle, Tartu, Estonia; and Utrecht, the Netherlands will take part.

Poets can sign up Saturday, June 22, at MERGE beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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