Over the years, I’ve tried to use my website not just as a place to display my own work, but as an archive of tools and resources for others, too. This page collects some of the resources I’ve put together related to spoken word.
- Poem for the First Day of the Poetry Unit in Language Arts Class is a specific poem I wrote to address those “why are we even talking about poetry?” questions. For me, it contextualizes all of the other resources on this page.
- Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Spoken Word and Slam Poetry is an essay aimed at dispelling some common misconceptions and stereotypes about the culture.
- Resources for Emerging and Aspiring Poets is a zine I wrote sharing a bunch of the tools I wish I had had when I was first getting started.
- PLAYLIST: Spoken Word Poem Videos for Educators is an ongoing project: a list of 100+ spoken word videos that have been useful to me in educational settings, from high school poetry classes, to social justice trainings, and beyond.
- The Twin Cities Spoken Word Event Finder is a continually-updated list of some slams, open mics, readings, and other programs in my community.
- All Advice is Bad Advice, Including the Advice that All Advice is Bad Advice is an excerpt from my book exploring some common pieces of writing advice and trying to find some nuance in them.
WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
I facilitate in-person and virtual workshops/classes on creative writing. Here in MN, I’m on the rosters of both COMPAS and TruArtSpeaks, and you can also contact me directly via my booking page for more information on bringing me to your school, conference, or other event. And while I love dropping in for one-time class visits, here are two examples of longer-term virtual classes I’ve worked on recently: