With Urbana Semifinals On, a War of the Words at Bowery Poetry Club Tonight

Tonight should be a big one at the Bowery Poetry Club: The second of Urbana Poetry Slam’s four semifinal rounds starts at 7 p.m., and the flow is going to be fierce. Six of the season’s top slammers – who won Tuesday-night competitions earlier in the year – will be competing to go on to Urbana’s finals in May, where all four semifinalist winners (along with four wild cards) will get a shot to continue on to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C. Also performing tonight is Rachel McKibbens. She won’t be competing, having already earned her stripes as an eight-time National Poetry Slam team member, but as a big heavy on the scene, you’ll want to check her out.

In the meantime, watch The Local’s footage of a recent slam to find out what it takes to get to the semis.