Necessary Publishing

Support our efforts on Kickstarter: Necessary Publishing is a multimedia poetry arts collective based in Flagstaff Arizona.

Necessary Poetry

Necessary Poetry is the community outreach branch of Necessary Publishing.

FlagSlam Poetry Slam

The FlagSlam Poetry Slam is the longest running poetry slam in Northern Arizona. Founded in Flagstaff in 2001, the slam community has sent 12 teams to the National Poetry Slam.

Sedona Poetry Slam

The Sedona Poetry Slam is the youngest certified poetry slam in Northern Arizona. Founded in 2009, the slam community has sent one team to the National Poetry Slam.

"Necessary Poetry: One"

Necessary Publishing is preparing its first multimedia publication, due out in February.

FlagSlam Poetry Slam

The FlagSlam Poetry Slam takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Firecreek Coffee Co., formerly Sundara Boutique, at 22 East Route 66, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Free admission.

Sedona Poetry Slam

The Sedona Poetry Slam takes place monthly at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays at Studio Live, home of the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance, in Sedona, Arizona. General admission is $10 online or $12 at the door. Grand prize is $75; second place wins $25.

Who We Are

Meet the poets and artists who constitute Necessary Publishing, a collective of Northern Arizona's best performance poets, photographers, videographers and musicians.

Find a Poetry Slam

Find the official Poetry Slam Inc.-certified poetry slams in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona
"I do not think [poetry] is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. It is as necessary."

— from the preface of "What Is Found There" a 1993 essay by American poet and essayist Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012).