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Slam Poetry

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 04.07.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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...

School Bus Brawl, Team Rivalries, And Pokémon: This Week's Juiciest High School News

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

Every week, HuffPost High School rounds up the best local news stories about high school students from across the country through our friends at Patch...

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...

5 Incredible LGBTQ Poets

Patrick Pressl | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

On June 24th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a marriage equality bill into law after it passed a senate vote 33 to 29. The law will become effe...

Behind the Making of Louder Than a Bomb

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.23.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Greg Jacobs recalls, "There was a line of kids down the block -- black, white, everything else -- it turned out these kids were performing for their peers -- something I couldn't have imagined."

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,...

Celebrate Poetry Month With Events Around Town

Posted 06.04.2011 | Denver

April is National Poetry Month and Denver has plenty of events to celebrate. Go to an open mike, or hone your skills with the written word at a worksh...

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.