F114. Slam Academy: The Importance of Spoken Word in the Poetry Curriculum

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


While slam poetry and spoken word have become increasingly popular, it’s rare to have them taught in poetry curricula. How do these spoken forms benefit students’ poetic craft? How can educators introduce a movement that is traditionally independent? Panel members (including high school teachers, professors, and teaching artists) will discuss how educators can teach an intersection of written and spoken word, and how balance between the poetic forms creates a well-rounded knowledge of poetry.


Levi Todd is a poet and creative curator. He is the founder of Reacting Out Loud, an organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community. He is also a reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and will graduate Ball State in December 2017.

Dominique Christina, author of three poetry collections, believes words make worlds. She is willful about insisting on herself and that the display of her mad history is more medicine than macabre, for herself, for women, and for historically and contemporarily marginalized people.

Sarah Kay is perhaps best known for her 2011 TED talk, which has been seen over ten million times online. She is the author of three books of poetry: B, No Matter the Wreckage, and The Type. She is a passionate educator and the founder of Project VOICE.

J.L. Torres is the author of The Family Terrorist and Other Stories; The Accidental Native; and the poetry collection, Boricua Passport. A Fulbright recipient, he teaches literature and creative writing at SUNY, Plattsburgh, where he is Executive Editor of the Saranac Review.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside