Will He Slam the Jam?

Last week, the New York Times asked, “Is Slam Poetry Going Soft?” I was intrigued by the question, but I didn’t think they answered it. So I asked Mark Eleveld, a Booklist reviewer, the author of The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, and a poetry publisher himself, to take a crack at it. Mark’s credentials and involvement in the Chicago slam poetry scene give him a unique perspective — and I’m really looking forward to hearing his behind-the-scenes take on the recent White House poetry jam, which he helped organize. (Mark, help me out: what’s the difference between a jam and a slam?)

Stay tuned!



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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