SPOKEN WORD TO WATCH!
Get Lit! We are big fans of this LA-based nonprofit organization that uses poetry to increase literacy, empower youth, and inspire communities. If you're looking to be inspired by examples of contemporary spoken word poetry, the Get Lit Now video gallery is a great place to start. This collection features poets responding to where we are NOW as a society, writing about cultural trends, issues, and identities. (Please be aware that while these poems are created by young writers, they are not necessarily "family-friendly" or appropriate for all ages.)
MORE GREAT VIDEO TUTORIALS!
From the wonderful Portland -based organization Literary Arts, comes Virtualandia, an online alternative to the Verselandia slam poetry competition which they usually put on in the Spring. As part of their efforts, they've created a collection of video lessons from five Portland slam poets, covering the history of slam, as well as writing, editing, performing, and revising poems.
YOUTH POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL!
"The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, powered by Youth Speaks, is the only festival of its kind. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement."
"Youth Speaks believes that having knowledge, practice, and confidence in the written and spoken language is essential to the self-empowerment of an individual."
Check out the Youth Speaks Youtube Channel and explore their catalog of amazing past performances at Brave New Voices.
LET'S INSPIRE EACH OTHER!
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CELEBRATING LOCAL TALENT!
We want to add a gallery of local work to this section, so if you publish (meaning put it up on a public platform) something you want to share, please use this form to submit it for consideration! Or if you'd just like to share it with the Wordcrafters teaching artists, you can check the "No, you do not have permission to share" button on this form, and drop us a note in the last box. We also encourage you to share with friends and family on your private social media channels, but it's important to us to help protect student privacy, so we don't want to link to anything that includes all of your information. If you're looking for tools to help you make a video, you'll find them here, and if you have a question you can contact us here.