Lipstick Wars is an open platform for women of all races, ethnicities and unique backgrounds to express their truths, everyday struggles and victories through the art of slam poetry. Lipstick Wars is a celebration of women.
Lipstick Wars was created in 2015 by spoken word poet Rheonna Nicole. Thanks to the long-standing partnership with The Kentucky Center ArtsReach, LW was birthed in Bomhard Theater and has grown to a full day event culminating in Lipstick Wars in Whitney Hall. Since its creation the slam continues to blossom and grow to new heights, and new Kentucky Center venues, gaining attention and participation from nationally ranked poets from St. Louis, Ohio, Chicago, New Jersey and Texas. 2019 Lipstick Wars will include workshops, a women’s marketplace and the evening slam in the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall.
Slam poetry is the competitive art of performance poetry. A dual emphasis is placed on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re expressing their words. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (zero to 10) based on the poets’ content and performance.
Lipstick Wars Poetry Slam is sponsored in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
The Kentucky Center ArtsReach is made possible with support from Louisville Metro Government, The Norton Foundation, WHAS Crusade for Children, Texas Roadhouse, Mark Edwards Violins, The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund with additional support provided by private donors.