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Stage a Poetry Slam

Creating Performance Poetry Events-Insider Tips, Backstage Advice, and Lots of Examples

Stage a Poetry Slam by Marc Kelly Smith
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Stage a Poetry Slam is a comprehensive guide for both budding and seasoned Slammasters — people in charge of organizing and promoting poetry slams and spoken word events. Marc Kelly Smith, grand founder of the Slam movement and host of the original Uptown Poetry Slam, the one that started them all, takes you back stage to reveal the techniques and strategies he's crafted over his 20 years plus of developing world-class Slam shows. In Stage a Poetry Slam, Marc leads you through the process of shaping your own Slam from vision to opening night, as you discover how to...Fashion a crystal clear vision that drives the development of your first showPlan a detailed itinerary for a Slam extravaganzaScope out a venue that fits your visionChoose the right stage type for maximum impactDeal with the technical stuff — lights, mics, props, & dropsRecruit and organize emcees, volunteers, and other supportDiscover talented performance poets and spoken word artistsPublicize and promote your show to attract an eager audienceStage special shows for corporate and community eventsTake ownership of your show, so it doesn't get hijacked Negotiate fair compensation with club owners and other patrons of the artsStage a Poetry Slam is packed with practical, world-tested advice on how to craft a compelling spoken word poetry event and promote in such a way to pack the seats and leave a line out to the streets.You'll also find a brief history of slam, the rules and regulations that govern official slam competitions, and a list of PSI (Poetry Slam, Inc.) Certified Slams, so you always have a place to visit to pick up ideas and talk shop with other Slammasters!
Sourcebooks, Inc.; January 2009
306 pages; ISBN 9781402224102
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Title: Stage a Poetry Slam
Author: Marc Kelly Smith; Joe Kraynak
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