Every June for the past quarter century, in various cities throughout the Southeast, Southern Fried Poetry Festival has hosted some of the finest poets and spoken word artists from the region for workshops, community outreach and fierce slam poetry competitions. The roving festival, which was hosted in Louisville last year, added Texas to its official region in 2012, but has yet to host the Festival in the Lone Star State. Until now. This year, San Antonio has the honor of being the first Texas city to host Southern Fried. In total, about 180 competitors, some part of teams and some competing as individuals, from all over the region will showcase their skills in this competition. Over the course of four days, outside the scope of the core competition, there are workshops, community service efforts, quirky side competitions, and more. Now, San Antonio, we’ve just gotta get out there and experience it. Various events will take place at a veritable boatload of locales, including Bond's 007 Rock Bar, Gemini Ink, Central Library, The Brooklynite and the Carver Community Cultural Center, which will host the competition’s finals on Saturday.