The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.