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Spoken word builds community at Harlem Renaissance Festival and One Madison Jazz Cabaret

With its open mics and audience-judged competitions, spoken-word poetry has a more populist vibe than many other art forms. It can help audience members walk in a stranger's shoes, if only for a few minutes. >More
 Andrea Gibson electrifies the Majestic with an impassioned performance of spoken-word poetry

It's a rare occasion that a poet's name appears on the marquee at the Majestic Theatre, but longtime activist and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson likes to defy convention. She performed to a nearly full house on Wednesday, the day she released her latest album, Truce. >More
 UW's First Wave program kicks off new scholarship program

Two young spoken-word artists will attend UW-Madison under a new, full-tuition scholarship from the university's First Wave program. >More
 Words fly in Wisconsin Union Theater at 2010 Wisconsin Teen Poetry Slam finals

It was verse versus verse Friday night at the Wisconsin Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finals, but the 21 high school students who got up and spat spoken word were all treated like winners. The artists, Madison and Milwaukee students, performed original compositions in an attempt to be among the six who will represent the state at an international festival in Los Angeles this summer. >More
 UW spoken word poets draw crowds, cheers at summer teacher institute

To write articulate and presentable spoken word poetry is a daring and artistic feat at any age; to present a 15-minute solo piece of your most emotional written word to a largely unknown audience as a high-school student is just plain mesmerizing. >More
 El Guante wins spoken-word grant

Last week Madison native Kyle Myhre, known as El Guante to hip-hop and spoken-word fans, was awarded a VERVE grant from the Jerome Foundation and Intermedia Arts, two Minnesota arts organizations. >More
 Madison organizers and poets reflect on National Poetry Slam 2008

The poets long ago left for home, the venues are back to hosting live music, and organizers have returned to their day-to-day lives following National Poetry Slam 2008, which was held in Madison in early August. While SlamCharlotte took home their second consecutive national title, and Urbana Poetry Slam won the inaugural Group Piece title, the competition and accompanying Lyrics on the Lake festival were likewise successes for the host city and its arts community. >More
 National Poetry Slam 2008 enriches Madison: The week in review

At any National Poetry Slam, you're bound to see some stuff that disappoints you, but you'll also see a whole lot of stuff that inspires you. This year's gathering in Madison was no different. >More
 SlamCharlotte repeats as champion at National Poetry Slam 2008 in Madison

A mere four teams among the 76 total competing at the National Poetry Slam this week took the stage at Overture Hall on Saturday to compete in the final round. This crowning bout pitted last year's champions SlamCharlotte against three other powerhouses of competitive spoken word: Austin Poetry Slam, Boston Cantab, and louderARTS from New York City. It was the culmination of so much work on the part of so many, and the audience was ready for a great show. >More
 Austin, Boston, Charlotte, and New York teams win semifinal bouts at National Poetry Slam 2008

Four finalist spots were up for grabs at the National Poetry Slam semifinals on Friday at the Overture Center, where 20 contenders battled with words after a week's worth of bouts and last-minute practicing throughout downtown Madison. One highlight bout pitted defending the 2007 champion team from Charlotte against those from Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, and St. Paul, which brought the talents of recent expat Kyle "El Guante" Myhre back to a local stage. >More
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