Poetry bouts are presented in the format of a boxing match, with a referee, bell, judges, ring person, and ten rounds. This championship bout presents challenger Sherman Alexie against two-time champion Jimmy Santiago Baca.
3 time Heavyweight Champion Spokane/Coeur d'Alene native Sherman Alexie takes on Sony recording artist and challenger Saul Williams. The World Heavyweight Poetry Bout is a ten-round poetry bout scored by a three-person panel of citizen judges. Each poet reads one poem per round. Round ten is extemporaneous.