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Find Out More, Workshop 14: The Poetry Slam

In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program

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Gary Mex Glazner, ed. Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2000.


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES: There are literally hundreds of poetry anthologies. Availability will be a factor in which ones you use. Before bringing any resources to the group, make sure the content is appropriate for youth. Look for violent images, sexual or other inappropriate language, mature situations, and stereotyping. Aim for ethnic, racial, gender, and cultural diversity. Consider asking a local youth librarian for suggestions. Here are a few anthologies to consider:

Cosman, Carol, Joan Keefe, and Kathleen Weaver, eds. The Penguin Book of Women Poets. New York: Penguin Books, 1978.

Collins, Billy, ed. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry. New York: Random House, 2003.

Reed, Ishmael, ed. From Totems to Hip Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900­­-2002. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2002.

Roman, Camille, Thomas Travisano, and Steven Gould Axelrod, eds. New Anthology of American Poetry. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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