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Poetry Slams: Where Artistic Verbal Creations Compete

Slam Poets

Hal Sirowitz

Mother Said. New York: Crown Publishers, [1996].

Hal Sirowitz

Father Said. Brooklyn : Soft Skull Press, [2004].

Sirowitz is an American Poet who was also a member of the 1993 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team, and competed in the 1993 National Poetry Slam in San Francisco, CA.

Saul Williams

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: the Lost Teachings of Hip-hop and Connected Writings. New York: MTV Books/Pocket Books, 2006.

Saul Williams

Said the Shotgun to the Head. New York: MTV Books : Pocket Books, [2003].

Williams an American actor, writer, performer and poet born in Newburgh, New York. Williams is famous for his leading role in the 1998 independent film Slam following his debut in SlamNation as a member of the 1996 Nuyorican Poets Slam team.

Justin Chin

Burden of Ashes. Los Angeles, Calif.: Alyson; London: Turnaround, 2002.

Chin, a gay performance artist and the author of several collections of poetry and performance pieces was born in Malaysia and grew up in Singapore. Chin later moved to San Francisco, California where he was a member of the 1995 and 1996 San Francisco National Poetry Slam teams.

Jeffrey McDaniel

The Endarkmenment. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, [2008].

McDaniel born in Philadelphia, PA he is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is known for his performances in numerous poetry slams across the United States in the early-to-mid '90s.

Taylor Mali

What Learning Leaves. Newtown, CT: Hanover Press, [2002].

Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet. He was a national poetry slam champion four times; three times he appeared on the HBO original series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry".


Rich Boucher

Ash, Thorn & Ether Vol. 1

Amy Eyre

Pele the Volcano Goddess Out on the Front Lawn.

Beverly Wilkinson

Random Fits of Normalcy.

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