The Austin Slam Council has adopted the following statement on safety in our community:
Austin Poetry Slam is committed to safety in our community. We ask everyone at our show to treat the venue and audience with respect. We will not tolerate hate or violence (whether verbal or physical), nor any behavior which undermines the safety of community members.
Our microphone is a free speech zone. On principle, we will not censor you. However, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. We will address any issues of misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and/or similar behavior to the best of our ability. Absolutely NO ONE is above this rule; inappropriate, hateful, or violent behavior is unacceptable for everyone. We reserve the right to remove those accused of problematic behavior from the premises at our discretion.
Austin Poetry Slam does not pre-screen poetry before poets perform, and cannot guarantee to audience members that they will not be upset, offended, or dissapointed at the slam. However, as a community, we hold our poets accountable and ask that if you are upset or triggered at one of our events that you approach the poet respectfully in the hopes that a constructive conversation can be had.