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Slam Nation: The Sport of the Spoken Word

  • Release Date: Jul 17, 1998
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Language & Literature, Literary Studies, Performance Art, Sociology
  • Director:Paul Devlin
  • Cast:Saul Williams. Full cast + crew


The phenomenon of the poetry slam originated in Chicago in the 1980s, where young writers would perform their verses in competitive form at bars and coffeehouses before a live audience. Poets would be given three minutes to perform a piece they wrote themselves, and a panel of judges (chosen at random from the audience) would rate the poets and their delivery on a scale of one to ten. As spoken word performance gained a new popularity in the '90s, the poetry slam began to spread nationwide, and soon...more


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