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SPOKEN WORD

Spoken word and hip-hop education at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Lyrics from The Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 classic "Rapper's Delight" were repeated throughout Thursday night by the speakers at the "Spoken Word and Hip-Hop Education in the Academy: Potential for a New Pedagogy" panel at the five-day Wisconsin Book Festival. HBO Def Poets Willie Perdomo and Roger Bonair-Agard addressed the enduring, evolving nature of hip-hop and spoken word. >More
 Time to get ready for the National Poetry Slam in Madison

So what can Madison expect in the next two years as the event relocates here? I think we're in for one of the most exciting National Poetry Slams ever. The first will, after all, take place mere months before the 2008 election, and you can bet that hundreds of poets from around the country will have something to say about that. >More
 The Madison team takes in the finals of National Poetry Slam 2007

The finals were pretty great, even coming from a hater like myself. Milwaukee's incomparable Dasha Kelly did a phenomenal job hosting, the crowd kept the energy up the whole time, and the poets themselves, for the most part, were amazing. >More
 Slowly starting to get sick of poetry in Austin

Just kidding on the title. The long, intense days, coupled with the heat and throngs of adoring Austinites (Austinians?) constantly chasing us down the street screaming "poetry!" are kind of wearing me down, though. >More
 Madison Slam Team bouts Minneapolis, Dallas, Detroit and Amarillo

Before coming down to Austin, people kept telling me: "You'll love it down there; yeah it's hot, but it's not humid like it is in Wisconsin." Today it was at least 140 degrees with 115% humidity. It was hot outside, hot in the pool, hot in Book People (Texas' biggest independent bookstore), and particularly hot in our venue on Thursday night, the Hideout Theatre. >More
 Madison team competes in its first bout at National Poetry Slam 2007

Our bout was at Ego's, a small, low-ceiling club that reminds me a bit of Cafe Montmartre if you replaced all the wine with beer. We were up against Phoenix, Farmington, Decatur and the perennially tough Nuyorican Poet's Cafe team from New York City. We drew a one, which meant that we had to read first -- which strategically, meant that I had to read first -- and as anyone in the slam scene knows, sucks. >More
 Kyle 'El Guante' Myhre checks in from the opening of the National Poetry Slam 2007

The Madison National Poetry Slam teams journey begins somewhat uneventfully on Tuesday. Waiting through a three-hour layover at O'Hare, Eric Mata rehearses, Ryan Hurley writes haiku, Josh Healey listens to the boring new Common album and I kill trolls with shotguns on the PSP. We also play the "spot the poet in the crowd" game, scanning the terminal for leather backpacks, black fedoras or overpowering airs of self-importance. >More
 Sending off Madison's National Poetry Slam team

The Madison Slam Team is readying itself to travel to the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. Four members are traveling south for the competition: Eric Mata (Madison's current reigning slam champion and Haiku Death Match champion), Ryan Hurley, Kyle "El Guante" Myrhe, and Josh Healey. Before they take off, though, the team will celebrate with a poetry exhibition at Escape Java Joint on Saturday evening. >More
 Voices vie for Madison national poetry slam team

Poetry was treated less as a literary form and more as a spectator sport Saturday night as a large crowd packed into the Capitol Room at the Inn on the Park to witness the final slam competition of the Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective's 2007 season. >More
 Hip-hop goes to college

Hip-hoppers are often misunderstood by the mainstream. So how do you gain acceptance for fringe art? You institutionalize it, which is exactly what some UW-Madison administrators are doing. >More
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