Slam poetry in Iowa born 19 years ago

Slam poetry in Iowa born 19 years ago

Caleb Rainey In the documentary, “Louder Than a Bomb,” a poet takes the stage and says “poets, breathe now.” Though I wasn’t a poet yet when I saw the film, I held my breath and then released it with him. In that electrifying and powerful moment, I breathed life into...
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...