This program spotlights movers and shakers in the slam community as they compete in the seventh annual National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon. On-stage footage captures the manic energy and wordplay required of all slam poets as well as the elimination-round system that culminates in a cash prize and championship trophy. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes interviews with performers Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Taylor Mali, and others help to illustrate participant goals, attitudes, and processes. Marc Smith, inventor of slam poetry, introduces the film.
Set in and around Oakland and San Francisco, this film examines urban teen life in the Bay Area through the rising popularity of poetry and spoken word. Youth performers include Emiliano Bourgois-Chacon, San Francisco's Youth Poet Laureate, who reveals what it's like to live with a physical disability; Meilani Clay, who voices her political and personal beliefs regarding race, body image, and family; San Francisco Youth Speaks slam champion Shannon Matesky; Yosimar Reyes, who explores the immigrant experience and personal challenges of race and sexuality; and George Watsky, who expresses his concerns about equality and privilege.
Poetry Out Loud A National competition with prizes at the regional and state levels. This site offers poems, techniques, and videos of outstanding performances
IndieFeed: Performance Poetry
Poetry Out Loud
"Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, as recited by Rosa Scott High School freshman John Uzodinma, from Madison, Mississippi.
TED Talk: Performance Poet Sarah Kay
Also available in Tutt Library via Films on Demand. (18 min.) Contents: B (3:38) -- Introduction to PerformancePoetry (3:01) -- Spoken Word Journey (1:47) -- "Ten Things I Know to be True" (2:44) -- Accessible Art Form (2:52) -- "Hiroshima" (4:03) -- Credits: TEDTalks: Sarah Kay - If I Should Have a Daughter (0:06)
An Australian Poetry Slam Champ
On Sunday, November 27th 2011, a packed Sydney Theatre chose Luka Lesson to be Australia's Slam Champion.
Arabic literary salons emerged in ninth-century Iraq and, by the tenth, were flourishing in Baghdad and other urban centers, In an age before broadcast media and classroom education, salons were the primary source of entertainment and escape for middle- and upper-rank members of society, serving also as a space and means for educating the young.