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Word Warriors : 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution - Eve Ensler

Word Warriors

35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution

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Female spoken word artists have become the spokeswomen for a new generation. This demanding oral poetry of the early 21st century has defined a vanguard of lithely muscled voices; women who think and act decisively to create their distinctive and desperately earned realities. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the upsurge of bold underground feminism has created a unique pool of women who verbally challenge society on all fronts.

Editor Alix Olson (internationally touring spoken word artist-activist) brought together a variety of astounding spoken word artists for Word Warriors. Included in this collection are Patricia Smith and Eileen Myles, two of our most formidable spoken-word foremothers, Tony-award winners Sarah Jones, Suheir Hammad and Staceyann Chin, recording artists Bitch and Lynn Breedlove from the dyke-punk band Tribe 8, award-winning writer Michelle Tea, and many more. These women join other amazing artists from many different backgrounds to create Word Warriors, a powerful and comprehensive collection of work from the best and brightest female spoken word artists today.

Sarah Jones: Cast of Charactersp. 1
Your revolution
Wax poetic
Michelle Tea: On Sister Spitp. 13
Pigeon Manifesto
The Beautiful
Lenelle Moise: Protegeep. 29
We live up here
Loch Ness monsters
Daphne Gottlieb: Lost and Foundp. 43
Somewhere, over
Death drive (a transfession)
Natalie E. Illum: On Mothers and mothertonguep. 55
I am from, third cycle
What we learn in one night
Aya De Leon: Lyrical Self-defense and the Reluctant Female Rapperp. 63
Cellulite
Grito de Vieques
Leah Harris: A Mad Poet's Manifestop. 73
Revenge of the crazy wimmin
Take refuge
Meliza Banales: The Dirtiest Word You've Ever Heardp. 87
Do the Math
Generations
Karen Garrabrant: Slam Ma'amp. 98
A Sylvia Plath Sliver
Air Ego Balloon
Beth Lisick: Stumbling Inp. 111
Empress of Sighs
Monkey Girl
Genevieve Van Cleve: Page for a Dayp. 121
A Quick Thank-You Note to Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
Altar Call (I Want Jesus Back)
Cheryl Burke: Making a Namep. 132
Motor Oil Queen
Jones
Katz: A Choir is Bornp. 144
Nothing Generation
Taken in Like Oxygen
C. C. Carter: What I Rememberp. 154
The Herstory of My Hips
Warning
Alix Olson: Turn it Down a Notchp. 166
Subtle Sister
That the Protagonist Is Always a Man
Suheir Hammad: In My Own Englishp. 176
First Writing Since
A prayer band
Rachel Kann: From Insidep. 193
Montana de oro
Titular
Nomy Lamm: Body Sanctuaryp. 204
Book of Rules: A Girl's Guide to Doing What You're Told
There's always this feeling like something's missing
Andrea Gibson: Shaking It Offp. 215
Andrew
Blue Blanket
Thea Hillman: My Longest Relationshipp. 226
Starfucking Closer to Home or What Happens
When You Reach for the Stars and They Reach Back Miscarriage
Ellyn Maybe: We All Leave Somethingp. 237
Ball and Chain Record Store
Ellyn May be's Dream
Tracie Morris: Ad-libbingp. 256
Apology to Pangea
Las Brujitas
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: Working Luckp. 265
Lit (Or to the Scientist Whom I'm Not Speaking To Anymore)
All I'd Leave Behind
Sini Anderson: In Other Wordsp. 277
"God in You"
Say More
Eileen Myles: In and Out of Spoken Wordp. 287
An American Poem
Merk
Lynne Procope: Taco Shop Talesp. 301
Any closer to home and my heart will burst 2
Butterfly Nut House
Marty McConnell: You Say You Want a Revolutionp. 313
Instructions for a body
Joan of Arc to the $2,000-an-hour woman
Bitch: Spilling Inkp. 323
Pussy Manifesto
Red Roof In
Turiya Autry And Walidah Imarisha: Good Sista/Bad Sistap. 331
Supa Soul Sistas
No You Don't Know Me
Lynn Breedlove: A Boy Among Weemoonp. 351
Knuckle Sandwich
Breasticles
Staceyann Chin: Poet for the Peoplep. 361
Cross-Fire
Poem for the Gay Games
Julia Serano: Exceeding Expectationsp. 374
Sleeping sickness
Vice versa
Patricia Smith: Name-Callingp. 386
Asking for a Heart Attack
Building Nicole's Mama
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ISBN: 9781580052214
ISBN-10: 1580052215
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: Seal Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1