Students are invited to “spit their best Jesus poem,” at tonight’s Poetry Slam being held at Portland State University. The audience judges the event with applause and the  winner takes home $ 300. 

Campus Crusade for Christ is sponsoring the free community event, which starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct., 28. Poets are to check in at 6:30 p.m. in  Smith Student Center Room 101, which is also known as Parkway North. Students must show their current university ID’s in order to participate in the Poetry Slam.

Phil Long, a local author and frequent poetry slam competitor, is the featured poet. He will begin sharing his lyrical words starting at 8 p.m. The final round of the poetry competition begins at 8:45 p.m., with the finalists performing again.

“Everyone has something they want to say,” noted Justin Oster, a Campus Crusade for Christ staff member helping organize the event. “This creates an open forum for anyone to share positive or negative, good or bad thoughts and opinions on who they think Jesus is. We are fully expecting there to be some unfavorable views expressed about Jesus, and that is okay.”

Poems can be a maximum of three minutes long, and second and third places will also be awarded cash prizes.

Smith Center at Portland State University is located at 1825 SW Broadway in Portland.

Contact  Oster at with questions.

For more information on Phil Long, check out his website

More info on Crusade can be found at

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