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The second edition of the Beirut Poetry Slam is set to take place this Saturday, where 10 spoken-word poets will battle it out for the national title.While there, Sibai attended a Poetry Slam Final at Roundhouse and was inspired to bring the experience home.Roundhouse was keen to support the initiative, sponsoring the event and flying in U.K. poets to judge and conduct workshops prior to the slam. This year's panel includes Sukoon magazine founder Rewa Zeinati, the 2018 Outspoken Prize for Performance Poetry U.K. winner Lisa Luxx and Syrian Rapper Hani al-Sawah, aka Darwish.For the past two months, the 10 participants – chosen in March from over 50 applicants – have been attending weekly workshops with Maysan Nasser, last year's winner, The Poetry Pot founder Majd Shidiac and the judges.Carima Khairallah, a 23 year-old museum docent by day, BPS poet by night, found the workshops helped push her out of her comfort zone.Beirut Poetry Slam is taking place Sept. 15 at Station Beirut, Jisr al-Wati, 8 p.m.
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