Across the globe, the spoken word movement has reignited poetry as a force for artistic expression, critical dialogue, and community building. As both a specific form (writing poetry that is meant to be shared aloud) and a deeper cultural practice (tracing its roots back millennia), spoken word creates space for all of us to tell our stories, make our values concrete, and speak up about the issues and ideas that matter to us. This session will share a practitioner’s take on spoken word’s past, present, and future, as well as ways for emerging poets to plug in and get involved.
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis. A two-time National Poetry Slam champion, he’s performed everywhere from the United Nations, to music festivals like Eaux Claires and Soundset, to countless colleges, universities, and conferences. Tran Myhre’s forthcoming book, “Not a Lot of Reasons to Sing, But Enough” is available for preorder now via Button Poetry.