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Spoken Word and Slam Poetry

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Chancelier ?Xero? Skidmore is a poet, educator, musician, and organizer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has represented Baton Rouge at the National Poetry Slam from 2000 to 2010, serving both a coach and team member. He has been... more

Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate... more

Named Best Female Poet at her first national poetry competition in 2008, Carrie Rudzinski has since performed her work across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and India. Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of... more

Giselle Robinson was born in ?Rock City?, St. Thomas, USVI. Giselle's voice and her words, her stories and her style, reflect the deeply ingrained West Indian values and traditions she was raised with. She is as warm and smooth, deep... more

Mercedez Holtry is a slam poet, writer, student, mentor and Chicana feminist from Albuquerque New Mexico, who focuses on bringing out her roots, experiences and lessons learned through her poetry in hopes that they embrace her people... more

Christopher Kain first wrote poetry at the Haymarket Cafe in Northampton, MA in 1992 as a junior majoring in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and also an English major, and found poetry as a short way of telling a... more

Charlotte Abotsi is a college student and poet hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. She was the Youth Grand Slam Champion at Providence Slam in 2013, taking her to her second Brave New Voices competition. She has competed in... more

Colin Killick is a poet and disability rights activist based in Somerville, MA. His work has been published in Freezeray and Oddball magazines , and he has appeared as a featured poet at venues across MA and RI. He organized the... more

Lauren Whitehead is a writer, educator and Master of Fine Arts recipient in Dramaturgy from Columbia University where she was a Schubert Presidential Fellow and an Undergraduate Writing Teaching Fellow. Lauren has performed... more