Below are resources I’ve found incredibly valuable and helpful in starting my own journey into performance poetry.

Lessons and Curricula:



  • Wilson, Sheri-D (Ed.). (2011). The Spoken Word Workbook. Calgary, AB: Calgary Spoken Word Society.
  • Stafford, Tim & Meacham, Molly (Eds.). (2010). Learn Then Burn. Long Beach, CA: Write Bloody Publishing.
  • Eleveld, Mark (Ed.). (2003). The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks mediaFusion.
  • Eleveld, Mark (Ed.). (2007). The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks mediaFusion.


  • Jacobs, Greg & Siskel, John (Producers & Directors). (2012). Louder Than a Bomb. (This is a phenomenal film and what gave me the idea to start Can You Hear Me Now? If you want to inspire your students and give them a sense of what the competition will – hopefully – be like, get this movie. Or better yet, support the filmmakers and encourage everyone you know to get this movie just because it tells an inspiring and fascinating story about four amazing poets.)


  • IndieFeed: Performance Poetry (A great podcast that showcases both established and brand new poets – check the website for submission guidelines if you want to hear yourself on the podcast – it offers commentary on the performances, interviews with the poets, and bios of the performers being featured.)

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