Teens “shatter the silence” with spoken word

Teens “shatter the silence” with spoken word

DES MOINES — In a world where many of us are still ignored, a group of talented high school poets in Des Moines turned to spoken word as a way to shatter the silence. They take the stage in hopes to share the stories they’ve kept secret, or to shed light on...
Pride continues in Fairfield, Burlington, Quad Cities and more

Pride continues in Fairfield, Burlington, Quad Cities and more

Here’s our latest update of Pride events remaining throughout Iowa and the Midwest! New to the list: June 21 and June 30 Pride events in Iowa City, and a new Queer Pride Takeover at The Depot Brewery in Fairfield! Take a look! Queertopia, Friday, June 21,...
Slam poetry: spoken word under pressure

Slam poetry: spoken word under pressure

At the risk of coming across as that obnoxious English lit instructor, or a dinner party show-off, or your annoying know-it-all friend, I’m writing this month about the difference between spoken word and slam poetry. Caleb Rainey     Spoken word is an art form that...
AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

Early on in the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” activist Larry Kramer is shown giving a motivating speech to a group of young New Yorkers. He asks half of the large audience to stand up, then announces, “All of you are going to be dead in six months. Now what...
New hope for youth through spoken word, poetry

New hope for youth through spoken word, poetry

Caleb Rainey I first met Aubrey Barnes at an open mic I produced. He performed with power and passion, starting his poem before he even got to the stage. I watched as his words, palpable and poignant, landed in people’s ears. We were captivated. Later, I learned this...