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Slam Poetry

#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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...

Slam Poetry: A History

Mehroz Baig | Posted 05.12.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Addressing issues of societal concern using the spoken word format is very appropriate considering San Francisco's history.

Maggie Estep Made Me Love Poetry

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Alexandra Rosas

Spoken word artist and novelist, Maggie Estep has died, and we won't see someone like her again. The performer passed away at 50 years old of a heart ...

Cupid Ain't @#$%!: You Can Keep Your Valentine's Day!

J Mase III | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I don't think I have ever seen a Valentine's Day card with someone that looks like me on it. Yet, every February I have been force-fed hearts on cute, little cut-out paper and overpriced chocolates.

'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...

This 'Love Trumpet' Kills Racism

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

Five months before the tragic verdict in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, my personal paradigm on race shifted in a Brooklyn bar as I encountered the poems and performance of Roger Bonair-Agard. 

WATCH: This Poet's 'Dear Straight People' Performance Is Guaranteed To Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Denice Frohman, a spoken word poet, wowed audiences at the "Women of the World Poetry Slam" in Minneapolis earlier this year with her piece "Dear Stra...

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...

Reggie Watts Gives the Weirdest TED Talk Ever (VIDEO)

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Or, Ten Things You Need to Know About "Metamodernism" Right Now If you've ever been in a high school English classroom or a college English course...

WATCH: Poet Slams Michele Bachmann With Incredible Performance

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A video of slam poet Sierra DeMulder blasting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) during an incredible performance at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry S...

WATCH: There Are No Words To Describe This

Posted 10.26.2012 | Comedy

If we could describe this properly, then we, too, would be poets. But we can't, and we are not. Just trust us when we say, you must watch this clip of...

Highlights From the 2012 National Poetry Slam

John Lundberg | Posted 10.19.2012 | Books
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 Power of the Spoken Word

Carmin Chappell | Posted 10.07.2012 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

In my English classes, I eagerly read Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. But for me, nothing written on a page can compare to the art of spoken word.

Got ART?

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

After taking a short vacation last month, the "...Got ART?" blog is back for July. It may be hot out, but there is still plenty of art to see and things to do if you're willing to brave the heat

"Kids Today" - The (Young) Poets Speak

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.30.2012 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Unless you have teens in your family or work with them in some capacity, it's easy to lose touch with what being a young person is like. This is one reason I try to go to the local Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam every year.

In Defense of Performance Poetry

Patrick Pressl | Posted 05.24.2012 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

While roaming the Internet the other day (a dangerous habit as many well know), I came across an essay titled "Poetry is not a Performance Art" writte...