Listed below are just some of the individuals within the poetry slam community that are supporting, and working with the Performance Poetry Preservation Project. If you are interested in joining our ever-growing list of supporters, drop us a line via our Join Us! page.
Poetry Slam Founders, Luminaries, and Leaders:
| ||Marc Kelly Smith: The founder and creator of the poetry slam movement. Marc
Kelly Smith is best known for bringing to the worldwide poetry community a new
style of poetic presentation that has spawned one of the most important
social/literary arts movements of our time.|
Bob Holman: Bob Holman ran the infamous poetry slams at the Nuyorican
Poets Café from 1988 to 1996. In 1996, the TV series he produced for PBS, The
United States of Poetry, won the INPUT (International Public Television) Award.
He is Visiting Professor of Writing at Columbia School of the Arts and Founder/Proprietor
of the Bowery Poetry Club. He is codirector of the Endangered Language Alliance
and works to bring attention to the world's endangered languages through their
Taylor Mali: Is
one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement
and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.
He has performed and lectured all over the world, and is the author of two
books of poetry and four CDs of spoken word. Taylor makes his living
entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist, traveling around the country
performing and teaching workshops
Gary Glazner: Gary is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's
Poetry Project. In 1990, working with Poetry Slam founder Marc Smith, Glazner
produced the first National Poetry Slam, which was held in San Francisco. He is
the editor of Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry.
Scott Woods: The author and editor of over nine volumes of poetry and
prose, Scott was the founder of the poetry performance group The Black Air
Poets, and was the coach and a member of Columbus's first-ever National Poetry
Slam Team that participated in the 2001 National Poetry Slam. He is
currently President of Poetry Slam Inc., which oversees the annual National
Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam.
Promoters, Authors, Academics and Others
Derrick Brown: Traveling poet,
former paratrooper (!) and head honcho at Write Bloody Publishing.
Susan B.A. Somers-Willett: Poet,
slam scholar, and author. Currently Assistant Professor of English at
Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Kurt Heinzelman: Poet and
scholar. Currently Advisory Editor of Bat City Review, the Research
Advisor to the Director of the University Libraries and Professor of English at
the University of Texas, Austin.
Principal, Orange Cone Agency (formerly Luminaria Media), Austin, Texas.
Also teacher and poet, and member of the ____National Poetry Slam Austin Team.
Slammasters, Curators, and Venue Organizers:
Chad Anderson: LoserSlam, New
Mahogany Browne: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York City
Lars Ruppel: German Slam Organizer
Lynne Procope: The Louder Arts Project, New York City
Megan Thoma: The Encyclopedia Show, Providence Rhode Island
Charles Ekabhumi Ellik: Co Founder of the Berzerkeley Poetry Slam.
Big Poppa E.
Carlos Andres Gomez