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Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)

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Words in Your Face traces the rich history of slam poetry through the lens of the New York City scene that pioneered it. Author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz situates New York slam poetry in the history of oral tradition in poetry throughout history and around the world, with particular attention to the three major 20th century arts movements that helped set the stage for it: the Harlem Renaissance, the Beats, and hip hop. Aptowicz explores the birth of slam at the Nuyorican Poets' Caf and the genre's explosive growth as the media responded with events like Lollapalooza and MTV's Unplugged. The book expands the canvas by examining the connections between academia and slammers, especially the poets of color, the youth slammers, and the burgeoning hip hop poetry scene. Interviews with key players like Chicago's Marc Smith and San Francisco's Gary Mex Glazner help tell this fascinating story from the inside.

About the Author

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of How to Love the Empty Air, The Year of No Mistakes, and Everything Is Everything, among other works. Her awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the Amy Clampitt Residency. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, the novelist/screenwriter Ernest Cline and their family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781933368825
ISBN-10: 1933368829
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2007
Pages: 371
Language: English