Become a Sonneteer

Rules and Requirements

  1. VENUE INFO

    Riverside Church, 9th Floor Lounge
    91 Claremont Avenue
    (nearest cross streets: Riverside Drive and W 122nd)
    NY, NY, 10027

    You must use the entrance at 91 Claremont Avenue.

  2. SHOW UP

    If you sign up to be a Reader and get a confirmation email for a sonnet, PLEASE SHOW UP ON Friday, April 26th. No-Show readers create chaos and leave people who wanted to be a Sonneteer excluded. It’s ok if you need to cancel before 4/23, that gives waitlisted people a chance for a confirmed sonnet. Just email sonnetslam@gmail.com and let us know.

  3. CHECK IN ON TIME

    Mandatory check-in for Readers is from 12:00pm to 12:30pm. It is vital to be there for check-in so we know who is missing and can get that Sonnet number covered. If you do not check in and get your nametag, we may think you are a no-show and give your number to another Reader.

  4. MEMORIZATION OPTIONAL

    You do not need to memorize your sonnet. We will have paper printouts available but if you want to memorize your sonnet, please do.

  5. STANDBY READERS WELCOME

    We welcome Standby Readers. If you know anyone who can come to the event (and likes to cold read Shakespeare?) to pop in for a No- Show sonnet, we will be very grateful. Have them show up at 12:15pm to get registered and a sonnet number.

  6. MIC PROTOCOL

    Please speak ONLY your name, sonnet number and the words of your sonnet.

    We want to keep things moving and have a unique experience where it’s just you and Shakespeare, so please: no pitching, no promoting and no dedications spoken aloud at the mic. We understand everyone has great projects and things to share and we would be glad to support that via social media in advance.

  7. DRESS CODE

    Dress however you wish: Comfy, Classy, Funky, Elizabethan, however makes you happy.

  8. TIME INFO

    The Slam will start at 1pm and end by 4:15pm. After you read your sonnet, you are welcome to leave or stay and support the other Sonneteers.

  9. DONATION INFO

    We really appreciate all those who have stepped up and donated to produce the event. If you’d like to donate or share the link to donate, here ’tis:

    Shakespeare Sonnet Slam at Fractured Atlas

  10. VIDEO RECORDING

    The Slam is videotaped. All Readers must agree to a release of video rights. Non-union readers can agree through the website. Union readers must sign at the venue. Under-18 readers must print the form and have a parent sign it.

If you agree to these requirements, want to be a Sonneteer and get a randomly assigned Sonnet, please register now!