Will Daniel Christensen make Brave New Voices this year?

Brave New Voices – Kansas City’s National Teen Poetry Slam Team

For the last four years, Kansas City has sent a team to Brave New Voices, the national teen poetry slam team. During the school year the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum hosts a teen poetry slam the fourth Tuesday of every month. . . . → Read More: Will Daniel Christensen make Brave New Voices this year?

Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”

Homeless

To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into drywall Knuckles chalk white like fists were made out of plaster And no matter how far I run I will always be a bastard Faster and faster my heart beats in time To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into . . . → Read More: Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”

Phillip Gregory, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Breathe”

Phillip Gregory of Central High School blasts one out. Description of how it feels to be lovesick and miss someone so much you might want to die. Recorded at the Teen Poetry Slam at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine. This was a selection slam for Kansas City’s Brave . . . → Read More: Phillip Gregory, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Breathe”

Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

Montrez Jones of Central High School performs a spoken word poetry piece about respecting one’s dad even through different stuggles including mental health issues. Recorded at the Teen Poetry Slam at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine. This was a selection slam for Kansas City’s Brave New Voices national . . . → Read More: Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

Poetry gave me an identity and acceptance

This story was told by Glenn North. Glenn is the poet in residence at the American Jazz Museum, and was honored as the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist last year. Glenn is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He hosts numerous poetry events in the greater Kansas City area as well . . . → Read More: Poetry gave me an identity and acceptance