The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America

@inproceedings{SomersWillett2009TheCP,
  title={The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America},
  author={Susan B. A. Somers-Willett},
  year={2009}
}
How slam performers and their audiences reflect the politics of difference? The cultural phenomenon known as slam poetry was born some twenty years ago in white working-class Chicago barrooms. Since then, the raucous competitions have spread internationally, launching a number of annual tournaments, inspiring a generation of young poets, and spawning a commercial empire in which the line between poetry and hip-hop merge. "The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry" is the first book to take an in… CONTINUE READING

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