April 28, 2014 by Reader's Connection
As National Poetry month approaches its end, Susanne will undergo a poetic transition from James Whitcomb Riley to poetry slams. My thanks to her.
Representing the power of the spoken word, poetry slams are public performances intended to entertain, to express emotion, or to jolt the audience with new ideas.
Often held in small venues, some slams are competitive, eventually leading to the National Poetry Slam, held annually in varied locations across the country.
Locally, slams and open mic nights can be found at Outspoken, at the Irving Theater, and at The IndyFringe Theatre, to name a few.
The library offers books and DVDs featuring poetry slams – here is a sampling:
Poetry Lounge: Spoken Word and the Art of Self-expression (DVD)
Stage a Poetry Slam : Creating Performance Poetry Events (Book)
Slamnation: The Sport of Spoken Word (DVD)
Louder Than a Bomb (DVD)
And let’s not forget the library’s annual Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge!
The National Poetry Slam logo is used by permission.
Category Booklist, Event | Tags: National Poetry Month, Poetry slams, Susanne