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  Eugene Poetry Slam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Eugene Poetry Slam is open to all and is judged by volunteers from the audience.
Poetry Slam is a competitive format for poetry invented in the 1980s by Chicago construction worker Marc Smith.
The basic rules of poetry slam are; poets must perform original work, poems must be performed within a three minute time limit, and poets must not use props or costumes to augment their performance.
www.eugenepoetryslam.com /index.html   (571 words)

 The Academy of American Poets - A Brief Guide to Slam Poetry
Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems.
This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America; while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force.
A slam itself is simply a poetry competition in which poets perform original work alone or in teams before an audience, which serves as judge.
www.poets.org /viewmedia.php/prmMID/5672   (317 words)

 performing the poem and slam poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Poetry as words on a page is a comparatively recent development, and some of the world's greatest literature originated in recitation handed down by word of mouth.
That tradition has hardly survived in the English-speaking world, and performing poetry now means a) slam poetry integrated with improvisation and music as a type of performing art, and b) the reading of poetry out aloud in classroom, workshop or poetry reading.
There is poetry of the greatest refinement that does not come across in readings, and there is poetry deservedly popular in performance that looks crass and bombastic on the page.
www.poetrymagic.co.uk /performing.html   (425 words)

 Poetry Hits a “Slam” Dunk with Kids and Marbury
The Knicks Poetry Slam program is designed to promote and encourage creativity and inspire kids to be more excited about the importance of education.
A Poetry Slam kick-off assembly was held at Washington Irving High School at the beginning of the year and the semi-finals were held at The Nuyorican Café on the Lower East Side.
Before every “Slam,” host Mike Ellis reminds the audience that the number one rule of “The Slam” is to “respect the mic” and you can’t help but respect the level of talent and courage these poets exhibited.
www.nba.com /knicks/community/poetryslam_060203.html   (706 words)

 The Bulletin Online - Free Verse
Today, it is at a competitive face-off called a poetry slam where the written word and the spoken verse come crashing together; and when the poet and his words connect with the audience, it creates a special kind of art that fills the room with its own unique buzz.
Though not every slam is as exacting in its procedure for getting a poet off the stage, the vast majority of slams give their audience the freedom and the permission to express themselves -- to make a difference in the outcome of the evening’s events.
Overall, the poetry slam is all about pleasing the audience -- and their positive reaction is vital to the success of the competing poets, all whom come from diversely different walks of life.
www.thebulletin.com /archives/2005/april/2005poetryslam.htm   (2485 words)

 respect poetry slam 2003
is the competitive art of performance poetry, where participants present their original poems over three rounds in front of a live audience and a group of judges chosen from that audience.
The first recorded Slams were held in the late 1970's and early 1980's in the USA, and were sometimes staged as verbal boxing matches - complete with a boxing ring and bell to mark the end of time.
Slams are now one of the most popular forms of spoken word event, and regularly attract large and lively audiences.
www.poetrysociety.org.uk /education/slamgd03.htm   (860 words)

 Welcome to LEAF
The Saturday night LEAF SLAM is a big part of the writing community and gives so many poets a chance to showcase their work for such a huge audience.
The Slam was particularly vibrant this year, not to take away from all the work the poets have done in the past.
Poetry is one of the oldest arts and creative paths of expression.
www.theleaf.com /poetry.php   (654 words)

 USATODAY.com - Poetry to the people: I slam, therefore I am   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Smith's undying love for poetry gave birth to what is now known as Slam Poetry or spoken word —; the competitive art of performance poetry — of which Smith, 54, is the beloved father and "Slampapi."
Smith recalls that he was tired of going to passionless poetry readings controlled by English professors who made it hard for those outside of academia to take part.
The 2004 National Poetry Slam is underway in St. Louis, where poets are performing through Sunday.
www.usatoday.com /life/books/news/2004-08-04-slam-poetry_x.htm   (442 words)

 Slam poetry: Aesthetic liaisons
It was a conscious effort amongthe early slammers to diversify the voice of poetry heard atthe Green Mill, and it became the taproot from which a hostof performance poetry voices drew heritage.
The cross-connectionsfrom slam poetry to other art forms are ample through theLoofahs and their associates.
Still more connections with slam in the performing arts grew as other shows and revues embraced slam's feral aesthetic and applied it to their respective performingarts.
www.e-poets.net /library/slam/tree.html   (1955 words)

 Poetry Slam: Background, History, Timeline
While the specifics vary from slam to slam, certified slams adhere to this basic structure, insuring that poets must seek to make immediate connections with the audience in order to continue on.
In most cities, the slam series culminates with a final slam at the end of the season to determine which poets will represent the city at the National Poetry Slam.
By marrying poetry with competition, slam has allowed non-traditional audiences a tangible and intriguing avenue for experiencing poetry in a live prime-time setting.
www.slampapi.com /new_site/background/what_is_poetry_slam.htm   (446 words)

 Poetry Slam: Background, History, Timeline
The series' emphasis on performance laid the groundwork for a style poetry and performance which would eventually be spread across the world.
Jemilo welcomed him, and on July 25, the Uptown Poetry Slam was born.
From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Slam Poetry: “Slam poetry is the brainchild of Marc Smith (So What!) and the blue collar intellectual eccentrics who crammed into the Get Me High Lounge on Monday nights from November 1984 to September 1986 for a wide-open poetry experience.
www.slampapi.com /new_site/background.htm   (221 words)

 Slam poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam, none of the top four finalists (Jared Paul, Andrea Gibson, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, and Mighty Mike McGee) typically engage in the hip-hop lyrical style.
A notable voice of poetry slam has been a younger generation of writers who use poetry slam as a way to claim the voice they struggle to obtain within larger society.
French slam is nowadays impersonated by Grand Corps Malade : the only mainstream slam artist in the country for the time being released his album "Midi 20" in march 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Slam_poetry   (1943 words)

 Amazon.com: Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry: Books: Gary Glazner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Poetry is based on the sounds it makes, and the rhythms, and yes, the shades of meaning and feeling, but that's like saying a script is a poem.
"Poetry Slam" by Gary Mex Glazner is part-anthology, part-history, part-description of slams, slam poets, and slam poetry.
An excellent part of the book is the description of poetry slam rules, distinguishing local and national rules, and how this form is meant as an oral art form, not a written one.
www.amazon.com /Poetry-Slam-Competitive-Art-Performance/dp/0916397661   (1954 words)

 What's New @ LivePoetsDotCom
She has competed on four National Poetry Slam teams for Worcester, MA, including the championship finalist team in 1997 at CT, and she has completed two novels, the most recent,, currently being serialized on GotPoetry.com.
Shallow Empire (Lethe Press), is the next logical step for MacMillan, a volume of poetry including performance piece The House, in which she investigates the places we live and have lived, and the things that resonate there.
Her scholarship about slam has appeared in a number of journals including the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, and she recently completed a scholarly manuscript, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race and the Rise of Popular Verse in America.
www.livepoets.com   (881 words)

 Untitled Document
A poetry slam is a competition in which poets get up in front of the audience, perform an original poem and receive "Olympics" style scores from a group of judges.
Once students are introduced to various poetry devices, techniques, and forms, they are exposed to the origin, rules, judging, performance skills, and scoring involved in a poetry slam competition.
Grades could be based on effort and poetry written in class as a result of the practice, reviewing, and honing of skills prior to the competition.
pbs.org /newshour/extra/features/jan-june00/poetryboxlessonplanone.html   (955 words)

 normal, il poetrySLAM
the normal slam loves it when everyone who chooses to perform also chooses to remain at the show for the show's entirety.
Amidst the cornfields and restless co-eds of local universities, the Normal, IL Poetry Slam is an all-ages venue for performance poetry, music, and all kinds of creative chaos.
The Normal Slam is probably the place for you.
www.poetryslam.pabn.org   (159 words)

 Mr.Donn.org - Poetry Slam - 9th grade English lesson
Alvarez, agreed to demonstrate a slam for the students with Mr.
All slam participants received a piece of candy for participating, as well as a ribbon that said Honorable Mention.
A slam can act as the concluding activity to a unit on poetry, or it can be run prior to the study of a particular poet, such as Langston Hughes/Harlem Renaissance.
literature.mrdonn.org /PoetrySlam.html   (660 words)

 NewsHour Extra Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
At a slam, anyone can get on stage to read a poem - and the standards of quality rest entirely on the subjective appreciation of randomly chosen members of the audience, who rate poems, Olympic scoring-style, from 0 to 10.
Poetry slams are usually held in coffee houses, pubs or cafes.
The slam has proved itself a viable art form, and many poets who got their start there have infiltrated the mainstream.
www.pbs.org /newshour/extra/features/jan-june00/poetryboxfreestyling.html   (152 words)

 SlamNation - Slam Poetry starring Saul Williams, Beau Sia, muMs, Jessica Care Moore, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, Marc ...
He is the "Slampapi," the father of the slam and the genesis of performance poetry.
He is the General Secretary of the Poetry Olympics, first held in Stockholm in 1998, co-director of The Culture of Peace, an international exchange of poets and artists, and is founder ofwww.slamnews.com.
Jack was a member of the Boston team at the 1996 National Poetry Slam, and was an engaging minor character in the feature film "Slamnation," which documented those proceedings, and he was a member of the Worcester team at the 2000 National Poetry Slam, where he finished as the 10th ranked individual.
www.slamnation.com /cast.html   (949 words)

 DC Slam - Come see the hottest poets!
In addition to her motivational speaking and college performances, she has maintained a constant tour of elementary and secondary schools, helping students with traumatic experiences and teaching workshops on Slam poetry to all age groups.
A feature story on Slam poetry was presented on the CBS show, 60 Minutes in 1999, which spotlighted her classroom work and riveting performance.
Her keynote and lecture series fuses her poetry with the ability to touch her audience through real life experiences, leaving a lasting emotional message with her audience.
www.dcslam.com   (378 words)

 Amazon.com: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry (The Complete Idiot's Guide): Books: Marc Kelly Smith,Joe Kraynak   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
According to the PBS television series The United States of Poetry, a "strand of new poetry began at Chicago's Green Mill Tavern in 1986 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam." Since then, performance poetry has spread throughout the United States.
Slam poetry is a style of poetry that's composed for the purpose of being performed in front of a live audience and in a competitive arena.
Slam Poetry is so exciting and this is a great way to know the ins and outs of the Slam experience.
www.amazon.com /Slam-Poetry-Complete-Idiots-Guide/dp/1592572464   (926 words)

 Online NewsHour: Poetry Slam -- August 17, 1999
A look at the national poetry slam, a fusion of performance art and poetry that places young poets in a competition to be the best at delivering their work.
Within slam, one of the big criticisms of slam, as with a lot of performance poetry, is that it is not well translatable to the page.
It is difficult, I think, to bring it out like poetry and incorporate competition judged by random members of the audience and not have it flawed, but I think what it has definitely done is brought poetry back to people in a way that not many gimmicks have done before.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec99/poetry_8-17.html   (1964 words)

 Eleventh Hour Productions
The DEAD POETS SLAM is a competitive poetry reading in which all the performers will be reading the work of a poet from the "Great Beyond"...
She was a founding member of Oratrix and Tramp Poetry and a student of the Bent Writing Institute.
Kristin has also been a long-time member of the Seattle slam, consistently qualifying for semi-final bouts and putting a smile on the faces of audience members when her name has been pulled from the hat.
www.poetryfestival.org /slam   (1025 words)

 Slam News Service: Poetry at the Cantab Lounge
One of performance poetry's great new voices, Ryler comes to us all the way from Bellingham, Washington, and is sure to stun you with his remarkable work and sincere and moving performance.
Slam teams from the Lizard Lounge, Worcester, and Providence take the stage against the Cantab's home team in a four-round match for some very serious bragging rights.
The slam was won by Eric Darby, who looks to be in tip-top condition for his trip to IWPS 2006...
www.slamnews.com   (3591 words)

 Slam poetry in Chicago - part 1
The history of slam poetry (as a style) iswound tightly with the history of the poetry slam (as asocial enterprise, a contest).
The third set was the responsibility of theEnsemble.As such, the Ensemble was inadvertantly put into a dilemma ofwriting poetry under rapid deadlines, and having potentiallyrapid reruns of existing material played before audiencesbuilt from regular attendees.
The contest was polemically dubbed"The Uptown Poetry Slam." The first slams were run asexhibition bouts and, while not formalized as they are today,were like present day slams in every regard.
www.e-poets.net /library/slam/converge.html   (2587 words)

 Welcome to the San Diego Poetry Slam
The San Diego Poetry Slam is a bi-weekly spoken word celebration and tournament that features locally renowned poets, brand new slammers, and everyone in between.
We run our slam with fair and transparent rules (they are here on the website).
Poetry alone: No props, no music, no costumes.
sdpoetryslam.com   (281 words)

 Poetry in motion - slam poetry Advocate, The - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Queer poetry slams break new artistic ground with a rowdy celebration of our lives.
A cross between a religious revival and a soccer championship, slam competitions heat up fast: It's the ear-popping, pulse-propelling energy between the poet and audience (and between the audience and the judges) that makes the events so explosive.
"Slamming was a way for me to come out," confesses Filipino-American slam sensation Regie Cabico, 28, a soft-spoken man with a likably loud presence and one of the slam scene's most celebrated veterans.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1589/is_1999_May_11/ai_54543092   (886 words)

 GotPoetry.com > > News, Events, Articles and more
Even before his prestigious appointment by the Librarian of Congress, Hall was well known for his poetry of love and loss, and for the ways his accessible verse evokes the hardscrabble New England countryside where he was born and where, at 78 years old, he still lives.
Jamie Kilstein, a former standup comic, switched to slam poetry a couple years ago and in Austin, TX at the National Poetry Slam this August he made the final stage for the 1st time ranking #5 of...
Perhaps the most annoying phenomenon in contemporary poetry is the tendency for the writer to cast themselves as a hero in their own work.
www.gotpoetry.com   (2100 words)

 Kalamazoo Poetry Slam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Kalamazoo Poetry Slam is moving from its current location at the Stagecoach Barn in Richland to FIRE (1249 Portage St.) beginning Oct. 10th.
The Kalamazoo Poetry Slam is proud to present some of the finest spoken word artists in the nation.
He is a three-time National Poetry Slam competitor; 2006 Rust Belt Regional winner with Mental Graff and a member of their 2002 team in the Midwest Slam League.
www.kzooslam.org   (1279 words)

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