Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution

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Alix Olson
Seal Press, 2007 - Poetry - 320 pages
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Female spoken word artists have become the spokeswomen for a new generation. This demanding oral poetry of the early 21st century has defined a vanguard of lithely muscled voices; women who think and act decisively to create their distinctive and desperately earned realities. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the upsurge of bold underground feminism has created a unique pool of women who verbally challenge society on all fronts.
Editor Alix Olson (internationally touring spoken word artist-activist) brought together a variety of astounding spoken word artists for "Word Warriors." Included in this collection are Patricia Smith and Eileen Myles, two of our most formidable spoken-word foremothers, Tony-award winners Sarah Jones, Suheir Hammad and Staceyann Chin, recording artists Bitch and Lynn Breedlove from the dyke-punk band Tribe 8, award-winning writer Michelle Tea, and many more. These women join other amazing artists from many different backgrounds to create "Word Warriors," a powerful and comprehensive collection of work from the best and brightest female spoken word artists today.

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Review: Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution

User Review  - Franki Acevedo - Goodreads

Own it! Reading it! Loving it! I think my favorite piece is "Titular" by Rachel Kann This will probably change as I am jumping back and forth throughout the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Dwayna Paplow - Goodreads

This is what every anthology should be - eclectic and yet relevant. The best part of this book is each poet's personal essay. Each essay is only a few pages long, but together they cover lots of ... Read full review


Foreword EvE EnslEr
sArAh JonEs Cast of Characters 1
MichEllE tEA On Sister Spit 13
dAphnE GottliEb Lost and Found 43
AyA dE lEón
lEAh hArris A Mad Poets Manifesto 73
KArEn GArrAbrAnt Slam Maam 98
bEth lisicK Stumbling In 111
chEryl burKE Making a Name 132
Alix olson Turn it Down a Notch 166
rAchEl KAnn From Inside 193
noMy lAMM Body Sanctuary 204

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About the author (2007)

Alix Olson is an internationally touring folk poet and progressive queer artist-activist. Olson's innumerable stage, broadcast, radio and print appearances include, most recently, twice headlining HBO's "Def Poetry Jam." She was a winner of the 1998 National Poetry Slam. She has coauthored Burning Down the House, two books of poetry, produced two spoken word CD's, and written for dozens of anthologies and compilations. Olson is a monthly columnist for Inside Out magazine and a regular contributing writer for Velvet Park Magazine. The Progressive calls Alix "an electrifying performer who seduces the audience with wit and energy, spinning tales of life on the road between her fiery poems. A sharpshooter with theatrical flair, Olson oozes both love and rage.

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