About Us

Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival is a four-day festival founded by spoken word artist and cultural programmer, Sharonda “Eccentrich” Richardson in 2018. Eccentrich, who is a Pompano Beach native, recognized an opportunity to celebrate her love for her craft and her city while creating an opportunity for the spoken word community to soak up South Florida’s warm climate and experience
Florida’s Warmest Welcome in the City of Pompano Beach! In addition to being
the only poetry festival in the Southern United States to be held during the winter season, the
Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival strives to nurture, support and showcase regional, national and international writers and poets while providing the local community with arts experiences facilitated by visiting.

After a successful inaugural competition in which, one artist representing the state of California
walked away with the grand prize of $2,000 the festival was acquired by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department and will benefit from increased financial and physical resources while upholding a commitment to the spoken word tradition

The City

The City of Pompano Beach is a a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean just to the north of Fort Lauderdale. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 99,845. The City is located off of Exit 36 on I-95
which was the inspiration for the festival’s name.

Cultural Affairs Department

The City’s Cultural Affairs Department works to support the City’s growth as a cultural arts destination and currently includes four cultural facilities offering a mix of innovative arts programming across all cultural disciplines for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors.

Cultural Facilities

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, adjacent to City Hall is located in revitalized downtown Pompano Beach and headquarters the City’s Cultural Affairs Department. Through this cultural venue, the City offers cultural opportunities in many artistic disciplines while providing the public access to world –renowned music, dance, theater performances and art exhibitions.

The Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center is the steward for the history of the Northwest district of Pompano Beach and is the nexus for musicians, visual artists, dancers and spoken word poets that have been influenced or inspired by black culture.

Located in the heart of Pompano Beach’s new Creative Arts District,
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) houses a dozen art studios and also features large galleries that serve as exhibition and education spaces, and an open social area for artistic dialogue. BaCA offers studio space for visual artists, and is occupied with
painters, ceramicists, photographers and interdisciplinary artists. Here we provide the opportunity for residents to explore their creative side with workshops, events, studio visits and monthly exhibitions.

The Blanche Ely House celebrates the professional and personal accomplishments of educational pioneers and community activists Blanche and Joseph Ely. The museum offers an abbreviated glimpse into the couple’s extensive collection of photographs, letters and artifacts, through exhibitions and creative and cultural programming.