Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution
Seal Press, 2007 - Poetry - 320 pages
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 RevolutionUser 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
Review: Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word RevolutionUser 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
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