Gallup Poetry Slam

When: Every first Friday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup

Who: Poets, spoken word artists, and storytellers, come share your work and connect with other local artists!

All Poetry Slams also need an audience! Everyone is welcome to enjoy the performances at this FREE community event.

Event Structure & Guidelines: 

Open Mic: 

1. Advanced registration is not required, but is encouraged. Sign-ups will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up via e-mail to or starting at 6:20pm the night of the event.

2. Poets may share either original or credited work for the Open Mic.

Slam Competition

1. Advanced registration is required for the Slam Competition, either via e-mail to or in-person by 7:15pm the night of the event.

2. Performers must present original work for the Competition.

3. Judges will be selected onsite.

For more information, find the Gallup Poetry Slam on Facebook or e-mail coordinator Masha Deykute at

Check gallupARTS’ Event Calendar for upcoming Slams.

The Gallup Poetry Slam on Friday, August 4th will feature renowned poet Roanna Shebala.

Roanna Shebala, known as Rowie Shebala, a Native American spoken word artist, ofthe Dine (Navajo) Tribe was born and raised on the  Navajo Nation. Given the gift of storytelling from her father she combines story, poetry, and performance. Roanna constantly brings the voice of her heritage into her performance, and written work often treading into spaces where hearing native voices is unlikely. Rowie has been on four National Poetry Slam Teams, four time Women of the World Poetry Slam Representative. two time Individual of the World Poetry Slam Representative. She has been featured on Button Poetry, Indian Country News Today, published in various zines, and anthologies such as Urban Indian from Annick Press, Red Ink Magazine, out of Tucson, AZ, Wicked Banshee Press an online Women’s Publication, Suspect Press out of Denver Colorado. Featured on NPR-Voice of Native Women. Performed at the Lincoln Center Out of Door, with La Casita in New York City, NY.