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Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.20.2015 | Arts

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Latina Poet Has A Powerful Answer To 'Are You Fluent In Spanish?'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.22.2015 | Latino Voices

  “If you ask me if I am fluent in Spanish, I will tell you that my Spanish is an itchy phantom limb; it is reaching for words an...

When My Rapist Appeared Under Facebook's 'People You May Know' Tab

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women

"When my rapist showed up under the 'people you may know' tab on Facebook, it felt like the closest to a crime scene I've ever been." That's how Ke...

14 Slam Poems That Pack A Serious Feminist Punch

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.05.2015 | Women

These slam poets are spittin' some fierce feminism. Fighting the good feminist fight can become frustrating. Sometimes we need a pick-me-up to fig...

This Powerful Slam Poem Will Turn You Into A 'Yes' Person

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.26.2015 | Teen

"How many times have you told yourself 'no'?" That's the first of many questions posed in "Untapped," a motivating, emotionally-charged poem writte...

Incredible Teen Poets Sum Up Everything Wrong With America

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen

"There are things missing from our history books." Indeed, American textbooks have plenty of blind spots, but Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin a...

Poet Calls For All Men To #BeThatGuy And Help Stop Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women

All men should #BeThatGuy when it comes to preventing violence against women. In his poem "When," actor and poet Carlos Andrés Gómez spells out ...

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 12.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.

This Is 'Just Another Rape Poem,' But Here's Why It's Important

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.23.2014 | Women

“To the guy in the back of the room complaining about listening to another rape poem.” So begins Brenna Twohy's riveting "Another Rape Poem" wh...

I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.

A Proud (And Beautiful) Proclamation That There's No Shame In Having An Abortion

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

"I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I’m so sick of keeping these words contained. I am not ashamed." In the slam poem "I Think She Was A She," ...

Poet Voice and Flock Mentality: Why Poets Need to Think for Themselves

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

Fear means you know you may be incorrect. You may find that when you read your poem as you -- when you abandon those auto-subscribed notions of sound and musicality -- you will reach and offer a much deeper attachment to your work.

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...

Preparing Our Seeds for a New Year

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This week we will enter the Hebrew month of Ellul, a time traditionally dedicated to preparation for the re-birthing that waits us in one month - Rosh Hashana, the New Year.

The Lyrics To Lil Wayne's 'P**** Monster,' Rearranged By Frequency (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts

Note: Quite obviously, this article contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable. "I hope she make me eat my words / 'Cause ...

#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As a trans person of color, there are so many times during my day when I am challenged to exist in a space not designed for me. For some, this poem may ring very true, for others it may make them very uncomfortable.

A Young Poet Answers the Question 'Can You Pray the Gay Away?'

J Mase III | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I had the opportunity to come across Thomas Hill, the current grand slam champion of the D.C. youth slam team. His piece is featured in this video from the D.C. youth slam that happened back in February. Take a moment to take in the brilliance of this poet's work and check out more of his stuff on the interwebs!

A Perfect Takedown Of 'She Was Asking For It'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women

"Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people." That's the message behind Anna Binkovitz's slam poem, "Asking For It...

A Poem for the Awkward Moments Trans People Find Ourselves in Every Day (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

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The Kids Are All Right: Interview with U.K. National Youth Slam Champion Ollie O'Neill

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

I met Ollie O'Neill at Listen Softly London, a live poetry event hosted by British poet Dominic Stevenson. Ollie is an eighteen year old slam poet from London, and is the UK National Youth Slam Champion (SLAMbassadors).

Why I No Longer Apologize For My Crutches

Natalie E. Illum | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Natalie E. Illum

The photographer was not used to kids like me. The ones in wheelchairs, the ones who couldn't sit up straight.

Man Breaks It Down Once And For All Why You Shouldn't Ask People 'What Kind Of Asian' They Are

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact

If you ask Alex Dang "what kind of Asian" he is, you're going to want to sit down and buckle up. Performing in Boston at the National Poetry Slam b...

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 ...

Mi Madre

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Quassan Castro

You ride the silent subway from Spanish Harlem to the Bronx at 4 a.m. fists pound on the empty seat beside you face-hardened like a solider in combat lips locked tight

Why You Should Listen To 'Another Damn Rape Poem'

Posted 04.04.2014 | Women

"We wouldn't need so many damn rape poems if America had listened the first time." That's just one of many powerful lines from "Rape Poem To End Al...