The Baton Rouge National Slam Team will perform its original poems from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E. Martin Luther King Drive, in Grand Coteau.

The evening, also featuring an open mic, is presented by the Festival of Words.

The Baton Rouge Slam Team (Eclectic Truth) consists of four spoken word poets: Brittany Marshall, Alejandro, Chelsea Lynn Murray and Shannon Kathleen. Eclectic Truth is preparing for a national poetry slam championship tournament, which takes place in August in Denver, Colorado. The appearance is also a “friend-raiser” for the team, and donations to help in their travels are appreciated.

Visitors may bring their own poems, songs or stories for the open mic. The free, community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective with support from the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

For information, call (337) 254-9695 or email