Word Up! is a monthly poetry slam that is held at Creative City Centre (1843 Hamilton St.). Tonight’s installment gets going at 7:30 p.m., although poets who are planning to perform should arrive early to ensure they snag one of the 12 spots available.

Guest artist tonight is┬áRafay Ansari. He’s a 24-year-old hip hop-style performer from Ontario. Last October in Victoria, he competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word with the Guelph Poetry Slam Team.

Again, Word Up! goes tonight at CCC at 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay what you can, with $5-$10 the suggested amount. To close, here’s video of Ansari doing a poem where he recalls his experience when 9/11 happened: