The marginalization of spoken word, slam poetry

The marginalization of spoken word, slam poetry

Them: “So, what do you do?” Me:  “I’m a poet.” Them: “Me too! What kind?” Me: “Spoken word.” Them: “Oh, cool. Like rap and stuff? I write normal poetry.” There it is. The divide. It pops up constantly in conversations, the idea of “normal” poetry (or even worse,...
A self-made author shares his inner journey

A self-made author shares his inner journey

Since he released his first book, “Look Black Boy,” this spring, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey has been the subject of many articles and interviews. Here, he shares some of his inner-most thoughts and feelings about putting himself out there....
What’s it like to self-publish a book? Ask Caleb Rainey!

What’s it like to self-publish a book? Ask Caleb Rainey!

    I published a book.     That sentence is so much bigger than the four words that contain it. Most days I still can’t believe it.     Since I was in seventh grade I knew I was meant to be a writer, but being a published author is one of those dreams–and we...
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...
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...