Spoken Word Poetry
The skills involved in making a poem come alive on the stage are not the same as those necessary for birthing the poem on the page in the first place, but they share some of the same tools. Taylor Mali, the four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, is your guide for this Master Class in Spoken Word, which he defines as “poetry written with the specific intent that the first time it is ever experienced it will be heard and not read.”
Taylor Mali is a former school teacher and one of the few poets in the world who does not have a job other than poet. He’s a master of Spoken Word poetry, a native New Yorker, and the author of several books of poetry, most recently Bouquet of Red Flags, and of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. He won best solo performance for Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math at the Comedy Arts Festival and is a past president of Poetry Slam, Inc. which oversees all poetry slams in North America.