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Slamming Bricks 2023 Poetry Slam

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The largest 2SLGBTQ+ regional poetry slam in the Four Corners Region is coming to the Avalon Theater!


This year the poetry slam is a free all-ages show (mature content, parental discretion advised)! Doors open at 5:00 PM with the show starting at 6:00 PM. Free tickets can be reserved in advance through The Avalon Theater.

Slamming Bricks is an annual slam poetry competition in its fifth 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.

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, Eureka O’Hara.

A Slamming Bricks documentary by Fruita cinematographer, Rachel DeWeber, will be screened prior to the poetry slam and a special stand-up comedy performance by Joke Junction’s, Emilie Stickley, will also be featured.

Live ASL interpretation is provided during the event and a live stream will be available for remote viewing.

Various nonprofits will be on site to connect community members to information and resources.


Competing for the brick this year:

Adrienne Cascarella

Autumn Meadows

Sabrina Zachary

Nico Wilkinson

Heather Nicholson

Charles Dalton Telschow

Brianna Hammerstrom

Tempest Juliet


With extra special guest judges:

Avery Brooks (Slamming Bricks Anthology Editor)

Corey Spurlock (Slamming Bricks Trophy Designer)

Danny Rosen (Owner of Lithic Press)

Mackenzie Benanati (Slamming Bricks 2019 Champion)

Aerik Francis (Slamming Bricks 2022 Champion)


Slamming Bricks 2023 was made possible thanks to the following sponsors:

Dynamic Dreams

The Avalon Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation

Western Colorado Community Foundation

Western Colorado Health Network

Lithic Press

Western Colorado Alliance

Universal Unitarian Congregation of the Grand Valley

2nd Saturday

Vistas & Vineyards

Jeremy & Preston Franklin

Ruzin Creative

Mutual Aid Partners

Fidels Cocina / Spoke & Vine Motel

Delta Pride

Loving Beyond Understanding

Ability Advocates

League of Women Voters

Karis, Inc.

Talking Gourds

Dancing in My Head Photography

Paradise Theater

Kiln Coffee


Stephen Hook

Nathan Prentiss

Jamie Porta


September 9
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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