Every third Friday of the month, the slam is hosted at:

Richmond Hood Company

827 Castleton Ave,
Staten Island, NY


Everyone is welcome to watch or participate.

Sign up for the open mic starts at 8pm, and the event starts at 8:45. After the open mic, the battle begins. 

All events are BYOB.


1. No props or music

2. Poem cannot be longer than 3:10. If it is, we start deducting points from your score.

3. Your time starts when you address the audience or introduce your poem, so please keep that in mind when you get on stage.

4. There will be 3 rounds and they will go like this:

8 poets first round

5 poets second round

3 poets final round

We ask for a $3-5 suggested cash donation at the start, in order to support our poets and community, and, again, our events are BYOB!


Originally called the Advanced Poetry Slam, Life:Vest:Poetry's monthly slams began in April 2015 after Tariq Zaid, the co-founder of Richmond Hood Company, agreed to host the monthly series. Since then, Life:Vest has expanded throughout Staten Island establishing regular literary series such as "Who Needs Healing" hosted by 

been committed to serving the Staten Island literary community, hosting monthly shows and helping support SI-based poets and writers build an audience and practice their craft. 


Life:Vest:Poetry (formerly Advanced Slam) and Richmond Hood Co. pride themselves in being able to provide a safe space to all who come to our poetry events. If you participate in any disrespectful, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or any distasteful behavior during the event, you will be removed from the premises and asked not to return.

For all inquiries, please contact nysaimag@gmail.com

Life*vest*'s  poetry slam is held every 3rd Friday of the month at:


Richmond Hood Company

827 Castleton Avenue 

Staten Island, NY 10301



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