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Poetry Slam

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...

This Spoken Word Poem Powerfully Expresses The Pain Of Growing Up Around Addiction

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

Get ready to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions when you hear Princeton University student Patrick Roche recite his powerful and affecting s...


Jill Robinson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The Slam, then, is one of these new worlds where we meet together; hear each other in real time, real life. There's more, all around, and I'll be there, like listening, like learning.

Jim Crow Laws, Women's Rights Part Of Argument For Voting

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

Poetry slam artist Carlos Andrés Gómez explores the historical perspective around why people should vote in a new video for Our Time. "Nothing ma...

Highlights From the 2012 National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 10.19.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

Neo Soul took home the prize for best group piece with "MJ," a poem that works as a sort of retrospective of Michael Jackson. The poem interweaves snippets of Jackson's biography with song lyrics and fan commentary.

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.

5 Poetry Slams You Should Know About

Patrick Pressl | Posted 09.29.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

Back in May, I created a post including five poetry venues I thought were worth checking out and, in the extremely limited scope of my piece, I neglec...

Performance Poet and Poetry Slam Founder, Marc Smith

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I sat down with Poetry Slam founder and performance poet Marc Smith to discuss how this rough and tough guy from the Southeast side came to create such an institution.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel on Louder Than a Bomb

Dan Persons | Posted 07.23.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I'm basically down with anything that celebrates language, but Louder Than a Bomb is something special. Here's my interview with directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel.

HuffPost Review: Louder Than a Bomb

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, Louder Than a Bomb seems to focus on a youth competition, but in the end it's about changing young lives.

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.

Top Performers from the 2009 National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Sixty-eight slam poetry teams from as far away as Fort Worth and Vancouver descended on West Palm Beach, Florida last week to compete in the 2009 Nati...

Highlights From the 2008 National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The National Poetry Slam--or so-called "Superbowl of spoken word"-- took place in Madison, Wisconsin this past week. The event featured more than 75 teams that had won their way through preliminary slams and city championships around the country to reach the final.