Kyle Myhre

At any National Poetry Slam, you're bound to see some stuff that disappoints you, but you'll also see a whole lot of stuff that inspires you. This year's gathering in Madison was no different. more

Aug 12, 2008 7:16 PM Stage

The National Poetry Slam, or NPS, is the Super Bowl of spoken word. For months, slams featuring thousands of poets are held across the country, building up to late spring when teams are selected at scores of city championships. These squads then practice all summer for a shot at glory at the national competition, which will be held this week for the first time ever in Madison. In short, spectators will see the top active performance poets in the country, as sharpened and powerful as they can be. more

Aug 5, 2008 6:47 PM Stage


Kyle Myhre

So what can Madison expect in the next two years as the event relocates here? I think we're in for one of the most exciting National Poetry Slams ever. The first will, after all, take place mere months before the 2008 election, and you can bet that hundreds of poets from around the country will have something to say about that. more

Aug 14, 2007 5:11 PM Stage


Kyle Myhre

The finals were pretty great, even coming from a hater like myself. Milwaukee's incomparable Dasha Kelly did a phenomenal job hosting, the crowd kept the energy up the whole time, and the poets themselves, for the most part, were amazing. more

Aug 12, 2007 9:17 PM Stage


Kyle Myhre

Just kidding on the title. The long, intense days, coupled with the heat and throngs of adoring Austinites (Austinians?) constantly chasing us down the street screaming "poetry!" are kind of wearing me down, though. more

Aug 11, 2007 5:08 PM Stage


Josh Healey

Before coming down to Austin, people kept telling me: "You'll love it down there; yeah it's hot, but it's not humid like it is in Wisconsin." Today it was at least 140 degrees with 115% humidity. It was hot outside, hot in the pool, hot in Book People (Texas' biggest independent bookstore), and particularly hot in our venue on Thursday night, the Hideout Theatre. more

Aug 10, 2007 1:21 PM Stage


Eric Mata

Our bout was at Ego's, a small, low-ceiling club that reminds me a bit of Cafe Montmartre if you replaced all the wine with beer. We were up against Phoenix, Farmington, Decatur and the perennially tough Nuyorican Poet's Cafe team from New York City. We drew a one, which meant that we had to read first -- which strategically, meant that I had to read first -- and as anyone in the slam scene knows, sucks. more

Aug 9, 2007 5:15 PM Stage

The Madison National Poetry Slam teams journey begins somewhat uneventfully on Tuesday. Waiting through a three-hour layover at O'Hare, Eric Mata rehearses, Ryan Hurley writes haiku, Josh Healey listens to the boring new Common album and I kill trolls with shotguns on the PSP. We also play the "spot the poet in the crowd" game, scanning the terminal for leather backpacks, black fedoras or overpowering airs of self-importance. more

Aug 8, 2007 3:24 AM Stage


While the Majestic situation may seem more or less resolved now, the violence that happened there reflects deeper issues about Madison. And these deeper issues ' racism, gentrification, the lack of communication between different cultures ' are going to be with us for a long time. more

Oct 19, 2006 4:37 PM MUSIC

Sep 21, 2006 3:32 PM MUSIC


Sharon Vanorny

A UW-Madison classroom at 9 a.m. is probably the last place most people would expect to see DJ Kres hauling in his record crates and setting up his turntables. To most of us, the academy is as far from the club as possible. But Kres, one of Madison's oldest and most respected hip-hop DJs, is the day's guest speaker for Curriculum and Instruction 630: Spoken Word and Hip-Hop in the Classroom, a new UW course designed to help teachers at all levels make their academic material more relevant to the current generation of students. more

Sep 21, 2006 3:20 PM MUSIC