SlamCraft explores the craft of writing poetry for performance. Put simply, it’s a series on how to create a Slam Poem. But not just for slam poets – this is for anyone who writes and wants to know how to read in front of an audience. It’s for performance poets, spoken-word artists, songwriters who want to go a-capella, first-time writers, whatever.  This is about making your art out of words for a live audience.

For teachers, SlamCraft may give you ideas for using spoken-word poetry in the classroom. SlamCraft also offers methods of understanding and evaluating spoken-word poetry. As a relatively recent form, we need more discussion of spoken-word in our academic language in order to fully appreciate it.

SlamCraft is informed by my experience as a performing writer and teacher, as well as my thesis on Spoken-Word Poetics.

SlamCraft is now available as a book. You can purchase it here for $7.

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