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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 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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Posted on 04.23.15

AWP 2015 Throwback...

news | by Karla Cordero

At this years Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) we had the privilege to visit some awesome publishers at their tables. Be sure to check out their work!   Organic Weapon Arts http://www.organicweaponarts.com   Red Hen Press http:...

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Posted on 04.15.15

The Balancing Act: Learning how to poet and parent ...

news | by Karla Cordero

To be a parent, means to give every ounce of your body, mind, and spirit to the very human being/s you brought into this world. Parents are the providers and sculptors of their children who will one day carry their legacy in all that they do. However, parenting can be a scary thi...

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Posted on 03.08.15

Train of Thought Podcast Features Deacon Blair...

news | by Gill Sotu

Welcome to Train of Thought podcast hosted by Gill Sotu!  Train of Thought Podcast is a living room style podcast where we interview artists, musicians, poets, entrepreneurs and other passionate people about how they navigate the five components of a balanced life: Relationsh...

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Posted on 02.14.15

10 Love Poems For Your Valentine...

news | by Karla Cordero

We know writing a love poem can be quite the challenge. You face the dangers of being too cliche, too sexy, & too boring. So we put together ten of our favorite love poems from the wordsmith experts for your inspiration & enjoyment. Forget Valentine Cards, share a poem! ...

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Posted on 01.20.15

When Poetry Meets God...

news | by Karla Cordero

Brian "SuperB" Oliva is an accomplished writer and spoken word artist, with a touch of r&b and soul. He has featured at countless venues and was the co-host and one of the founding fathers of the Inland Empire's most successful performance venues, Urbane Culture. He is the 20...

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Posted on 01.02.15

8 Tips For Running A Successful Open Mic ...

news | by Rolland Tizuela

If you've been in the spoken word poetry scene for any amount of time, chances are you've probably attended an open mic. Whether you were dragged there by a friend, stumbled in by accident, or had full intentions of getting on stage to share your stories in front of a room full o...

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Posted on 12.14.14

Love Haiku Winners...

news | by Mario Dematteo

Thank you to everybody who submitted to our first Love Haiku Contest, we enjoyed reading everybody's creative work.   And a special thanks to our guest judge Donny Jackson for picking the best of the best.  Congratulations to our winners, Shannon Linzer and Derek Firenze! ...

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Posted on 11.10.14

Neil Hilborn's New Album Northbound...

news | by Karla Cordero

You can find Neil Hilborn on Youtube and his amazing poem titled "OCD," a story about a man and his struggle between disability and love. Hilborn's poem has reached over eight million views and counting, as poetry fans everywhere can now listen to Hilborn's  poetic work on his n...

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Posted on 10.21.14

2014 IWPS Champion Porsha O, Tells Her Story...

news | by Karla Cordero

Porsha O's voice delivers a sound that can only be described as a kind of "choir-drum beat" so loud you are taken by her words for three minutes at a time. Whether you get to experience her presence live or through your laptop screen, you can't help but nod your head and snap you...

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Posted on 09.11.14

Women of the World: Voice Becomes Fire Part II. ...

news | by Karla Cordero

Here is the second half of the 2014 Women of the World article, featuring Imani Cezanne and Carrie Rudzinski.  We hope you enjoy! What does poetry mean to you as woman? IMANI CEZANNE: As a woman of color, there are countless things I have to fight for that others don...

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Posted on 09.05.14

Where did poetry find you?...

news | by Karla Cordero

At this years National Poetry Slam in Oakland, we asked twenty poets the question: WHERE DID POETRY FIND YOU?   We are blessed to have met so many beautiful people.  Check out their responses below!            ...

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Posted on 08.02.14

Women of the World: Speak in Resistance Part 1...

news | by Karla Cordero

Once a year seventy-two of the fiercest female poets from across the country come together to spill their stories and truth at a competition known as Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS). Each poet is a representative from her home venue, sent out to compete for the prestigious...

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Posted on 07.20.14

Split This Rock: It's not just a poetry program....

news | by Karla Cordero

In Washington D.C. poetry has become a vehicle to empower today's youth with writing skills, confidence, and socio-political responsibility. Washington D.C. is home to an organization known as Split This Rock. Since 2008, the organization has reached out into their community thr...

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Posted on 07.17.14

Train of Thought podcast features Paul Mabon...

news | by Gill Sotu

Welcome to Train of Thought podcast hosted by Gill Sotu! Train of Thought Podcast is a living room style podcast where we interview artists, musicians, poets, entrepreneurs and other passionate people about how they navigate the five components of a balanced life: Relationshi...

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