Slam Girls Rhyme and Rhythm

Missy Fuego performing at The News: New Queer Performance Series at SOMArts in San Francisco in 2013. (Photo: Mathew Schoonmaker)

by Heather Cassell The girls got their say when they began spitting their fierce words in a rhyme and rhythm at poetry slams at bars and cafes around San Francisco in the late 1980s. Soon after slam poetry nights took on a life of its own spreading across the nation culminating in

Slam Nation Hits Oakland

Veteran slammer Joyce Diane Moody (Photo: Cred)

by Heather Cassell Get ready. A fierce spat of dueling words is coming to Oakland, California for the first time ever and the city will never be the same. It’s been 25 years since the National Poetry Slam! started across the bay in San Francisco and the poetry competition hasn’t been back