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Posted on 07.24.17

The Found Poem: A Teacher’s Creative Strategy Toward Student Engagement...

news | by Karla Cordero

In Oceanside, California, poetry enters the classroom at MiraCosta College as mentor texts, that perform and empower student readers. Professor Maria Figueroa uses the found poem in particular to encourage students to question and rewrite the oppressive narratives spilled from th...

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Posted on 06.08.16

Paper vs. Technology:An artist's decision when it comes to reading New Shit...

news | by Karla Cordero

The open mic for most artists is the perfect space to read new work fresh off the pen, as many people in the spoken word scene refer to as NEW SHIT! At times, poems, stories, rants, and jokes birthed recently from the artist aren’t necessarily always memorized, but our bodies a...

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Posted on 05.01.16

When Poetry Meets God...

news | by Karla Cordero

Saint is a poet whose wordsmithing sheds humor and compassion for humanity when hitting the stage. His numerous accomplishments as an artist has given him the opportunity to open for hip-hop artists such as Common, Lupe Fiasco and gospel sensation Dietrick Haddon. As a perform...

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Posted on 01.20.16

"Rekia Boyd" by Porsha O...

sociopoetix_blog | by Anthony Blacksher

INTERSECTIONALITY. Rarely does a poem so clearly and so effortlessly illustrate a sociological idea without using the specific term. Porsha Olayiwola’s “Rekia Boyd” does exactly that. This piece is an intersectional analysis of the invisibility and hidden politics women...

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Posted on 10.21.15

Book Review: Mammoth by Rachel McKibbens...

books | by Mario Dematteo

I picked up Rachel McKibbens’s new chapbook Mammoth a few months ago, read the first few poems, and then hid the book beneath my mattress until my bones were ready for the impact of things. I knew it was one of those stories that might drain me or make me feel human again. When...

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Posted on 08.18.15

10 Tips for Teaching Hip-Hop & Spoken Word Poetry...

news | by Karla Cordero

As educators we are constantly on the prowl to find new and creative pedagogical strategies to motivate our students to critically engage with literature. Brian Mooney is one of the many educators who utilizes hip-hop and spoken word poetry as a teaching tool. Inside of the cl...

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