Will He Slam the Jam?
Posted by: Keir Graff
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?)