With two teams headed to the national competition in August, and just a love of slam poetry in general, the Twin Cities is the place to be for poetry lovers. The two national bound teams will be joined by the Twin Cities collegiate national team plus a bunch of other special guests for a night of slam poetry tonight at Kieran’s. It’s a combo of team competition (as all these local champs go head-to-head), send-off for the competition in August, and fundraiser for the teams’ travels. It’s an all-ages event (although the poetry is uncensored), and food and drink will be served throughout, with the money from ticket sales benefiting the national teams. 7 p.m. $10 ($8, students). —Eric D. Johnson

Kieran’s Irish Pub, 85 N. 6th St., Mpls., kierans.com