First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semifinal Round 1

by Bocas Lit Fest

Sat 23rd March , 2024

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Central Bank Auditorium


The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is the premier spoken word championship in the region. What started as a humble open mic competition in 2013, hosted at the University of the Southern Caribbean with a cash prize of $1000, has now transformed into a world class showcase featuring the best spoken word artists in Trinidad and Tobago.

Now in its 12th year, the Grand Slam boasts of the largest cash prize of $50,000, made possible by the unwavering support of First Citizens. It is also the closing event of the Bocas Lit Fest, (Discover more at

Semifinal Round 1 will see 15 poets face off for a chance to advance in the Grand Slam on April 28 where they will meet defending champion Kyle Hernandez!

Here's the list of performers:

  • Abibi-Africa Williams
  • Alexandra Stewart
  • Annette Taylor
  • Dershawn Hernandez
  • Earth 
  • Markus Wylie
  • Master-Akeem Phillip
  • Ronaldo Mohammed
  • Shakir Gray
  • Shakira Burton
  • Shimiah Lewis
  • Soleil La Barrie
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Swasthi Maharaj
  • Tevin Douglas

Wildcard Performers

  • Gabrielle Abdool
  • Hakeem Dublin