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Author: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Publisher: New York : Soft Skull : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2008.
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"The first definitive history of one of the 21st century's most explosive art movements, Words In Your Face explores the birth, growing pains and continuing development of the Poetry Slam - a raucous poetry event that has been called "a pop culture phenomenon" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times), "the death of Art" (Harold Bloom, Paris Review) and has been blamed for making "poetry sexy again in a way it hasn't been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe.
Words in your face.
New York : Soft Skull : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2008
(OCoLC)846173442
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
ISBN: 9781933368825 1933368829
OCLC Number: 165956969
Description: xxv, 371 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Brief Introduction to Poetry Slams --
More Slam Basics: A Slam Poet's Hypothetical Journey from a Local Slam to the National Poetry Slam --
pt. I. Pre-waves; or, The Early Days --
1. Very Quick and Slanted Pre-Slam History by Someone Who Wasn't There --
2. Pre-Slam History of NYC Poetry and Bob Holman, as told by Bob Holman --
3. Getting a Roof On It: The Reopening of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe --
4. Birth of a Movement: NYC Slam's First Year --
Vocabulary of The Poetry Slam: Part I --
5. Marc Smith (So What!): The Truth About Who Invented the Poetry Slam --
Myth of Slam Poetry: The Poetry Slam Certainly Exists, but is There Such a Thing as Slam Poetry? --
6. Playing Nice: The First National Poetry Slam --
7. Slam's Tipping Point: The End of the Nuyorican's First Year --
pt. II. First Wave (1990-1996) --
8. Exploding Texts: Slammers Take It to the Next Level --
9. Interview with Maggie Estep, First Wave Icon --
10. From Sea to Shining Sestina: The United States of Poetry and Other Poetry on Your TV --
11. NYC Slam's First Bible: The Creation of Aloud --
We're Here, We Slam, Get Used to It: The Influence of Queer Voices In NYC Slam --
12. 1994: The Year Slam Explodes --
Unfair Stereotypes of Other Cities Slams: One Nerd's Perspective --
13. Rap Meets Poetry: The Birth of Mouth Almighty --
14. First and Always: Graduates from NYC Poetry Slam's First Wave --
pt. III. Second Wave (1996-2001) --
15. May I Introduce to You the Future: In 1996, Slam Transforms --
16. Slam's Second Bible: How Slam Nation Spread the Gospel According to NYC Slam --
17. How to Make a Living as a Slam Poet: Mouth Almighty and the Growing Importance of the National Poetry Slam --
Vocabulary of The Poetry Slam: Part II --
18. We Don't Do Group Pieces: Nuyo Conquers, then Divides --
19. And Two Become Three: Mouth Almighty Becomes NYC-Urbana and Nuyo's Championship Team Becomes louderARTS --
60 Minutes: The Poets Slam Back! --
20. Passing the Mic: Felice Belle and the Changing Face of the Nuyorican --
21. What It's Like to be There: Nuyorican, NYC-Urbana & louderARTS at the End of the Twentieth Century --
Rules to Play By: The Unspoken, Rumored Rules of Slam --
22. Welcome to the AfterFuture: The Explosion of the Second Wave Poets --
pt. IV. Third Wave (2001-2007) --
23. 2001: The Year Everything Changed --
24. Words That Comfort: The Aftermath of 9/11 on the NYC Poetry Slam Community --
25. Thank You and God Bless: Def Poetry Hits the Airwaves and Broadway --
Taylor Mali: The Man, The Myth, The Industry --
26. What the Heck Is Going On Here?: The Bowery Poetry Club Opens (Kinda) for Business --
Rise of Self-Publishing and the Slam --
27. Slam's Biggest Non-Slamming Icon Speaks: John S. Hall Takes On Everything Right But Mostly Wrong with the Slam --
28. Because This Generation Can Speak for Itself: The Birth of Urban Word and the NYC Teen Slams --
Hip-Hop and the Canon: Slam's Influence --
29. NYC Slam Grows Up: NYC's Slam Third Wave Faces the Future --
30. Good, The Bad, and The Poetry: The Impact of Slam, Inside and Out --
Afterword: Or, A Completely Invented Transcription That Nonetheless Felt So Real --
For More Information --
New York City Poetry Slam Teams From 1990 to 2007.
Responsibility: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.
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"The first definitive history of one of the 21st century's most explosive art movements, Words In Your Face explores the birth, growing pains and continuing development of the Poetry Slam - a raucous poetry event that has been called "a pop culture phenomenon" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times), "the death of Art" (Harold Bloom, Paris Review) and has been blamed for making "poetry sexy again in a way it hasn't been since the heyday of the Beats" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times)." "Spoken word icons such as Saul Williams, Maggie Estep, Bob Holman and John S. Hall join scores of other poets, organizers, filmmakers, scholars and critics in bringing the story of the New York City Poetry Slam movement to life. From its origins in the roofless, unheated Nuyorican Poets Cafe and its mid-90s rise in the pop culture ranks thanks to MTV and Lollapalooza, to its fresh successes on stage and small screen thanks to Russell Simmon's Def Poetry projects and its devoted following among youth poets, queer poets and poets of color, the Poetry Slam is analyzed, idealized and criticized, all from a uniquely New York perspective."--Jacket.

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