Friday, May 12th:


6:00pm at the Florence Events Center

  • Open to all poets
  • Must be an origional poem with a 3 minute time limit
  • $15 registration fee
  • Limit of 30 poets (sign up early to ensure your spot!)


  • 1st - $500
  • 2nd - $250
  • "Best Of" category - $100 each for Humor, Nature, Personal Reflection, and Social Commentary
    • Contestants may NOT win one of the top two prizes AND "Best Of" category
    • You will declare your category when you check-in on the day of the event

Saturday, May 13th at the Florence Events Center

Teen Spoken Word Contest   3:00 pm

Rules for Poets

  • Open to high school and middle school students
  • Must be an original poem
  • 3 minute time limit
  • No entry fee


  • 1st - $100
  • 2nd - $50
  • ‚Äč3rd - $25

Ride the words in 2017 with the return of the Big Wave Poetry Fest!

120 Maple Street, Florence, OR 97439, USA  |   541-997-4435  |   |  PO Box 305 Florence OR 97439   |  Hours

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Big wave poetry fest

Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 pm at the Florence Events Center:


Join us for the premier showing of documentary about Noah Schultz and his journey from gang member, to incarceration, to award winning poet and social activist.  Noah will be there to tell his story and recite poetry.  Also, joining him is Stephen Fowler, 1st place Big Wave Poetry Slam winner-2016, to tell his story and perform his spoken word poetry.

Check out video from our 2016 event on YouTube!