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National Poetry Slam

How Poetry Helped This Eating Disorder Survivor Heal

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.03.2017 | Women

“Anorexia is not a choice, but recovery is.” These are the words 20-year-old slam poet Blythe Baird lives by. The Illinois-native said she develo...

34 Poets Of Color Summarize 2017 In Verse

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.18.2017 | Arts

If 2017 was a poem, what would you call it? This was the question Tabia Yapp ― the founder of BEOTIS, a boutique agency that represents leading writ...

Poet's Heartbreaking Reminder That When We Don't #SayHerName, History Doesn't Listen

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.01.2017 | Black Voices

In the days following the not guilty conviction of the police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Rekia Boyd in Chicago, no one said her name. At le...

The Hardest Part Of Uncle-Hood Isn't What You Think

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents

Condoms, spermicide, downing supposed virility-killing amounts of Mountain Dew: these spoken word artists went above and beyond to be sure the only ba...

This Is What It Really Means To Love Someone Unconditionally

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 09.05.2014 | Weddings

It can be difficult to fathom what "unconditional love" truly means. Thanks to Jesse Parent's performance of "Hotbox Love" during the 2014 Nation...

Here's Why Harry Potter Erotica Is More Realistic Than Most Porn

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women

Visit any porn site, and you'll be bombarded by a video player collage of click-through body parts. Some of them have clear owners, and others are pre...

'10 Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy'

Posted 12.19.2013 | Women

"I say, 'I am fat.' He says, 'no, you're beautiful.' I wonder why I cannot be both." That's how Rachel Wiley opened her slam poem, "10 Honest Thoug...

Los Angeles -- Literary Riot

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Diane Luby Lane

Performing poetry gives us the chance to take our fragmented stories and make them sources of sharing and teaching -- things that unite rather than divide.

The Super Bowl Of Poetry

Patrick Pressl | Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

On the night of August 13th, just outside the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts Avenue was flooded with eager ears and a few newly m...

Poetry Slam at 25: Why Some People Stand in Line in the Rain to Hear Poems

Phil West | Posted 10.14.2011 | Arts
Phil West

Last week, a somewhat remarkable thing happened: Throughout Boston and Cambridge, people stood in lines outside venues, sometimes for more than an hour, and sometimes even in the rain, to go see poetry.

Boston Hosts This Year's National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 10.07.2011 | Home
John Lundberg

If you aren't familiar with Slam poetry, it's nothing like what you learned in English class. A great slam poet isn't just a good poet -- he also needs to have some serious storytelling, acting and comedic chops.

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,...

Highlights From the 2010 National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The five-day 2010 National Poetry Slam was decided last weekend in St. Paul Minnesota, with the hometown team, Soap Boxing, taking the honors for the second year in a row.