Slam Free or Die featuring Mckendy Fils-Amie

Slam Free or Die continues its popular open mic poetry series at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., with featured poet Mckendy Fils-Amie.

Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. The open mic portion of the evening will begin around 8 p.m. with the featured poets immediately following.

There is a $3 cover charge.

About the featured poet

Mckendy Fils-Aimé is a five-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam, representing Manchester’s Slam Free or Die (2008, 2010), Worcester Poets’ Asylum (2009), and Boston Poetry Slam (20112012). In 2011, he was the top scorer in the Team Selection Slams for the Boston Poetry Slam, in addition to qualifying as a finalist for that year’s Boston Lizard Lounge poetry slam team. He is a two-time NorthBEAST Regional Slam individual finalist, ranking third in 2011. In 2012, he performed on the semi-final stage at the National Poetry Slam and was the runner-up at NUPIC, the National Poetry Slam’s prestigious underground individual tournament. After winning the 2012 World Qualifier at the Boston Poetry Slam, he represented the venue at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Fayetteville, Ark.

Mckendy has shared the stage with the likes of Corrina Bain, Mike McGee, and Regie Gibson. In January of 2011, he toured the country as part of a poetry quartet called No More Ribcage. Some of his work can be found in literary journals such as AmoskeagRadiusSmashcake, and Borderline. Currently, he has three self-published books and is working on a manuscript.

When not reading his own poetry or attending open mics, Mckendy runs writing and performance workshops around New England. He one day hopes to apply the skills he has gained through workshopping into a successful teaching career.

About Slam Free or Die

Slam Free or Die @ Milly’s is a series of open mic nights for poets and spoken-word artists with slam competitions being held once a month during slam season (which is September through April); doors open and sign-ups begin at 7 p.m., open mic beginning around 8 p.m., with featured poets and slams following the open mic. Come and enjoy the delicious food and beverages at Milly’s Tavern. There is a $3 cover charge. Slam Free or Die @ Milly’s Tavern is produced by Russian Roulette Productions. For more information, e-mail SlamFreeorDie(at), call 858-3286 or visit