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Angelica Mercado

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Del Otro Lado: A Narrative

PRESENTED ON DEC 01, 2017
IN SIOUX FALLS @ VOL 24

Angelica Mercado’s work is the ultimate fight for identity. In "Del Otro Lado: A Narrative...," Mercado tackles the tough issues in an attempt to embrace the divide in which she exists. Therefore, her work demonstrates the constant state of confusion in which she stumbles, falls, stands, fights and ultimately lives in, with themes of loss, trauma, longing, healing, and overall finding a sense of belonging in this space she calls home. In a time of escalated tension toward immigrants and their families, “Del Otro Lado,” shines a light on the status quo. For those who are on this side, you will find yourself thinking, questioning, and overall attempting to understand what it means, to live in the in-between; in-between two cultures, two countries, two identities.”

See more of her work: https://www.angelicamercado.com/

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Spreading Spoken Word

BY FARAH AND YAZEN MC
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 22, 2014

Farah Chamma and MC Yazen, an Abu Dhabi-based Syrian rapper and producer, focus on spreading spoken word in unexpected places around the world. Being part of the spoken word scene in the United Arab Emirates, they are now trying to explore new scenes and collaborate with new artists to promote Arabic spoken word, be it through poetry or rap. 

Morocco will be their first destination. They will be organizing poetry events and workshops in different cities including Casablanca, Fez, and Rabat, and collaborating with different artists including Mohammed Hamza Hachlaf. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/to-north-africa

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HOWL, Poetry, Politics and Protest

BY ALEX LEVENE
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Alex Levene spits out impassioned spoken word in support of poetry, politics and protest.

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OE Inspires Poetry

BY RANDI JANELLE
@ VOL 11 ON MAY 20, 2016

The Overseas Experience might be familiar as "the gap year" or "taking a year to travel." But when the year becomes longer, the decision to stay or leave a country and redefine home can be an unforseen challenge. Poet and photographer, Randi Janelle, explains her struggles with this challenge from her time in New Zealand.

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Broms the Poet

BY JEFF BROMLEY
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 23, 2017

There are no words to describe this, just listen to Jeff Bromley and enjoy the journey.  

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COMING TO THE MIC: The Transformative Power of Youth Spoken Word Poetry in Baton Rouge

BY DONNEY ROSE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 27, 2017

As a veteran poet/teaching artist and marketing director with Forward Arts Inc., Donney Rose has dedicated an exorbitant amount of time working to help give young people in Baton Rouge a platform for their voices and ideas to be celebrated, but mostly to be valued.

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You, The Audience

BY CHANCELIER "XERO" SKIDMORE
@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2018

Hear spoken word artist, Chancelier "Xero" Skidmore, outline why audience members are THE finest human beings on Earth.
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Moving Traditions Forward

BY JONATHAN FORET
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 13, 2018

In Southern Louisiana, we live at a very unique intersection between environment and culture where one is dependent on the other. Our environmental heritage comes with the responsibility of ensuring that generations to come will be able to enjoy what this land and water have given to us for decades. Join Jonathan Foret in learning how we begin the conversation of moving our traditions forward in a time of environmental uncertainty.

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Knoxville Poetry Slam (Abridged)

BY JONATHAN CLARK
@ VOL 28 ON AUG 16, 2018

Growing up in Knoxville, TN as a teenage poet, Jonathan Clark, also known as “Courageous,” shares his personal experience and fondest memories of the Knoxville Poetry Slam; a community built by the love of words and the competition that has kept it together through this 25th year of consistency.
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Walls and Spoken Word Poetry

BY MELIZARANI T. SELVA
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken word poet, showrunner, educator and co-curator of George Town Literary Festival 2018. To date, she has performed in six countries and represented Malaysia at the prestigious Commonwealth People's Forum in London and the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Her notable performances include, TEDxGateway in Mumbai and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her first book titled ‘Taboo’ made Top 10 Best-Seller List on Malaysia’s No.1 Online Bookstore (MPH). To date, her poems have been translated in French by Éditions Jentayu and in Bahasa Malaysia by Malaysia’s National Institute of Language and Literature. Presently, she runs Kuala Lumpur's monthly poetry open mic, ’If Walls Could Talk’, a bilingual poetry slam,‘Slamokrasi’ and teaches performance poetry at international and national schools. This presentation is about Walls, also a monthly spoken word poetry event.