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Poetry Slams: Where Artistic Verbal Creations Compete

Slam and Media

Video Recordings

Slam. Trimark Home Video. [1998].

SLAM depicts the life of a young and unemployed MC who uses his verbal talents to cope with the despair surrounding him in his poverty stricken neighborhood.

The Tribe. San Francisco: T. Shlain. [2006].

The Tribe is a short film which uses archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an interesting journey through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and Jewish people- from Biblical times to present day.

SlamNation. New York, NY: New Viedo Group, [2005].

SlamNation is one of the first films to document the art and competition of slam poetry. SlamNation follows the 1996 Nuyorican Poetry Slam as they competed at the 1996 National Poetry Slam held in Portland, Oregon.

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Outspoken! : How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, [2006].

Salinger and Holbrook encourage educators to utilize the art of performance poetry to engage students while improving upon their literacy skills. The process of developing, executing, and evaluating poetry performance is explained through numerous lesson plans.

Sara Holbrook

Practical Poetry: a Nonstandard Approach to Meeting Content-Area Standards. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, [2005].

Practical Poetry includes chapters specially written to show you how to promote content understanding and meaning-making in language arts, math, science, and social studies by taking poems out of the artsy ether and making them functional. Holbrook informs educators of ways to energize students, and build their critical-thinking and language skills through the use of poetry.

Reg E. (Reginald Elliot) Gaines

The Original Buckwheat: Poems. Hoboken, NJ: Long Shot Productions, [1998].

In 1993, Reg appeared on MTV Spoken Word Unplugged, the Fightin&rsquo Wordz Series and headlined the MTV Free Your Mind Spoken Word Tour. He has performed his poetry on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Jon Stewart Show, MSNBC's Edgewise and Def Poetry on HBO.

John Miles Foley

How to Read an Oral Poem. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, [2002].

A wonderful overview of oral poetry as Foley discusses classic and traditional poetry to the more contemporary art of performance poetry found in slam poetry. John Miles Foley shows that although oral poetry long predates the invention of writing, it continues to be a vital culture-making and communications tool in societies all over the world.

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