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Spoken Word Etiquette

Fuse is stoked to be hosting its Speak! Spoken Word poetry night Saturday, September 18, 2021. This being our first-ever poetry event, we thought it would be a great time to go over some spoken word etiquette for any poetry slam newcomers ahead of the show.

Be Respectful

Performing your poetry in front of an audience can be a bit intimidating given the personal connection many poets feel towards their pieces. That’s why it’s super important to be respectful and kind during the show. We ask that audience members try their best to be positive and supportive as the artists perform.

Clap, Snap, Cheer – Do it!

In the movies, audiences at poetry events often snap rather than applaud. We encourage our audience and artists to give praise in whatever way they see fit. Feel like clapping? Go for it! Fancy a snap instead? Do it up!

Comfort is Key – We Respect That

As stated before, poetry can be emotionally intense. Some of these pieces may be triggering for some audience members. Because of this, we understand and encourage patrons to leave the room or reach out to a Fuse Team member at any time if they feel uncomfortable, upset or need support.

Have Fun!

Possibly the most important piece of etiquette is to be yourself and have fun! Our Speak! Series is meant to be an inviting and inclusive space for artists of all levels to thrive. We encourage all audience members and artists to have a great time and express themselves. If at any point you feel the opposite, let a Fuse team member know. We will do our best to make you feel welcome.


Our first Speak! Spoken poetry night is Saturday, September 18, 2021. To learn more and RSVP, CLICK HERE!

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