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Sophomore slams his way to the top of Austin poetry scene (from The Daily Texan)
When Zach Caballero steps onto the stage, he hears the cheers and claps from the audience. He takes a second to breathe, and the room goes quiet. He has performed poetry across the nation from Los Angeles to Boston, yet the nerves still manage to creep in…

 

New York Irish Poetry: IAC’s PoetryFest, Nov. 4-6 (from New York Irish Arts)
The Irish have a reputation for beautiful language, a “gift of gab” that infuses song lyrics, playwriting, fiction. It’s natural then that Irish poetry is prized as some of the best in the English language…

 

Spoken word, heard: Poetry slam celebrates one year anniversary (from The Juneau Empire)
At the second gathering of the Woosh Kinaadeiyí poetry slam last fall in Juneau, a teenage girl approached the mike and began reciting a poem about her struggles with homophobia and depression. About half-way through, she faltered, nearly overpowered by emotion. The audience quickly let her know that they weren’t there as passive observers…

 

Olympic poet shares stories (from BC Local News)
Spoken word blends music and poetry, but delivers the lyrics as though each audience member were engaging in a one-on-one conversation with the artist. Slam poet champion Shane Koyczan and his musical trio The Short Story Long perform spoken word and music at the Port Theatre Saturday (Oct. 29) at 8 p.m…