Word Warriors 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution

ISBN-10: 1580052215
ISBN-13: 9781580052214
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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Seal Press
Publication date: 10/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 434
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

While performance poetry was male-dominated in its inception, in recent years, women spoken word artists have become some of the most popular voices nationwide. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the upsurge of bold, underground feminisms created a unique pool of women verbally challenging society on all fronts. Word Warriors is the first all-women spoken word anthology, featuring the most influential female spoken word artists in the movement. Each contributor is a published writer, accomplished performer, and has received numerous accolades for her contributions to this art form. Contributors include Patricia Smith and Eileen Myles, two of the most formidable and famous spoken word foremothers. Tony Award--winner Sarah Jones talks about breaking into the mainstream, while Michelle Tea contributes her thoughts on class and sexual politics. We also hear the unique feminist perspective of Palestinian-born and raised Suheir Hammad and Trinidadian poet Lynne Procope, while Haitian artist Lenelle Moise shares the frustrations of performing for a Western audience. Each contributor provides a new and well-known spoken word piece, accompanied by an original essay about a pivotal moment or significant experience within her individual spoken word career, offering an illuminating peek into the artist's thought process, a rare chance for the reader to become intimate with the poet.

Sarah Jones: Cast of Characters
Your revolution
Wax poetic
Michelle Tea: On Sister Spit
Pigeon Manifesto
The Beautiful
Lenelle Moise: Protegee
We live up here
Loch Ness monsters
Daphne Gottlieb: Lost and Found
Somewhere, over
Death drive (a transfession)
Natalie E. Illum: On Mothers and mothertongue
I am from, third cycle
What we learn in one night
Aya De Leon: Lyrical Self-defense and the Reluctant Female Rapper
Cellulite
Grito de Vieques
Leah Harris: A Mad Poet's Manifesto
Revenge of the crazy wimmin
Take refuge
Meliza Banales: The Dirtiest Word You've Ever Heard
Do the Math
Generations
Karen Garrabrant: Slam Ma'am
A Sylvia Plath Sliver
Air Ego Balloon
Beth Lisick: Stumbling In
Empress of Sighs
Monkey Girl
Genevieve Van Cleve: Page for a Day
A Quick Thank-You Note to Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
Altar Call (I Want Jesus Back)
Cheryl Burke: Making a Name
Motor Oil Queen
Jones
Katz: A Choir is Born
Nothing Generation
Taken in Like Oxygen
C. C. Carter: What I Remember
The Herstory of My Hips
Warning
Alix Olson: Turn it Down a Notch
Subtle Sister
That the Protagonist Is Always a Man
Suheir Hammad: In My Own English
First Writing Since
A prayer band
Rachel Kann: From Inside
Montana de oro
Titular
Nomy Lamm: Body Sanctuary
Book of Rules: A Girl's Guide to Doing What You're Told
There's always this feeling like something's missing
Andrea Gibson: Shaking It Off
Andrew
Blue Blanket
Thea Hillman: My Longest Relationship
Starfucking Closer to Home or What Happens
When You Reach for the Stars and They Reach Back Miscarriage
Ellyn Maybe: We All Leave Something
Ball and Chain Record Store
Ellyn May be's Dream
Tracie Morris: Ad-libbing
Apology to Pangea
Las Brujitas
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: Working Luck
Lit (Or to the Scientist Whom I'm Not Speaking To Anymore)
All I'd Leave Behind
Sini Anderson: In Other Words
"God in You"
Say More
Eileen Myles: In and Out of Spoken Word
An American Poem
Merk
Lynne Procope: Taco Shop Tales
Any closer to home and my heart will burst 2
Butterfly Nut House
Marty McConnell: You Say You Want a Revolution
Instructions for a body
Joan of Arc to the $2,000-an-hour woman
Bitch: Spilling Ink
Pussy Manifesto
Red Roof In
Turiya Autry And Walidah Imarisha: Good Sista/Bad Sista
Supa Soul Sistas
No You Don't Know Me
Lynn Breedlove: A Boy Among Weemoon
Knuckle Sandwich
Breasticles
Staceyann Chin: Poet for the People
Cross-Fire
Poem for the Gay Games
Julia Serano: Exceeding Expectations
Sleeping sickness
Vice versa
Patricia Smith: Name-Calling
Asking for a Heart Attack
Building Nicole's Mama

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