Brenna Twohy, representing Portland, OR, performs her poem "Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them
," about Harry Potter, pornography, and non-consent, at the 2014 National Poetry Slam
Patrick Roche is a slam poet
, and a member of the Princeton Ellipses Slam Team. He was recently awarded Best Persona Poem for "Siri: A Coping Mechanism
" at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. [more inside]
Melissa May-Dunn is a performance poet
who dropped out of divinity school.
A successful gofundme campaign sent her to this year's Women of the World Poetry Slam, where she placed seventh out of 72 with a tribute to a Disney villain, Dear Ursula. [more inside]
"How can it be a mistake when I don't have to wash my hands after I touch her?" Neil Hilborn performs his piece "OCD" at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.
is a slam poem performed at last year's Brave New Voices
festival. There's a transcript here
, though it's worth noting that the page gets the poem's title wrong.
Written and performed by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder, it becomes even more impressive when you realize that both women are still teenagers...and from the looks of it, Jackson was only fourteen
at the time.
is one of the most accomplished and recognizable young women in the world of slam poetry. The two-time National Poetry Slam champion has spent the past five years energizing audiences at colleges and poetry events across the nation, seamlessly weaving complex issues of identity and gender with the honesty of heartbreak. Her piece 'Paper Dolls'
, recently shared on Project Unbreakable (previously)
, is very, very good. TRIGGER WARNING - subject matter pertains to sexual assault.
Slam poet Marshall Soulful Jones performs "Touchscreen"
Bay Area Slang Top 100 (The Grinch song).
From Rafael Casal — 100 Bay Area slang terms in under 3 minutes. [more inside]
, a Palestinian-American poet and activist
now based in New York, writes about being a Muslim immigrant
and also a woman challenging conventions
. Spotted by Russell Simmons for Def Poetry Jam
, she has performed pieces about love in the time of war
, exoticising beauty
, and a touching ode to her father
, among many others
. Suheir has just produced and released her first feature film Salt of This Sea
, up for the Cannes Films Festival and possibly an Oscar, and recently performed in Ramallah
for the 2009 Palestinian Festival of Literature