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Muslim Teenagers Use Slam Poetry To Educate Others About Their Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion

“September 11, 2001, wake up America the enemy is here.” This is how a group of four Muslim American teenagers, who hope to change the culture of ...

Why Poetry Is The Best Medium For Kids Who Want To Change The World

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.08.2016 | Arts

Over 500 kids gathered in Washington, D.C., last week in an attempt to answer a question that baffles the minds of most adults: What does it mean to b...

Curiously Strong

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.14.2016 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...

These Young Women Call Out Mainstream Feminism For The Voices It Has Neglected

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women

Feminism might be all about equality, but these Denver-based slam poets point out all women aren't always heard. Ashia Ajani, Abby Friesen-Johnson,...

I Contain Multitudes: Brian Martinez

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

Their team didn't make the finals, or even the semifinals, but there was something about his performance, his intenseness, his citing Emily Dickinson with grit. The clip was so short, just a few words; no one would even know that he was performing Emily Dickinson...but I would know.

Watch Two Girls Smash Religious Intolerance In One Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Haters beware -- Aminah Iro and Hannah Halpern are here to crush religious stereotypes with the power of art alone. The young slam poets delivered ...

These Girls Are Total Monsters -- And That's A Good Thing

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 10.31.2013 | Women

The value of a woman has nothing to do with how much skin she does or does not show on Halloween, or how she does or does not explicitly express her s...

Brave New Voices, Detroit to Chicago and the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...

The Super Bowl Of Poetry

Patrick Pressl | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

Slam poetry is, in itself, a conundrum. Slams are competitions in which poets are judged by random audience members on their poem's content, delivery,...