Spoken Word


Christopher Diaz

The inaugural Black Arts Matter Festival aims to bring together creatives from campus and community, says organizer Shasparay Lighteard, a UW-Madison First Wave scholar. Read more



Hedi Lamarr Rudd

If you haven’t been to Madison’s Moth StorySLAM yet, there’s still time to see the best of the best — 10 winners from previous slams will face off Oct. 27 at the Barrymore Theater. Read more



Laura Zastrow

Oscar Mireles, the city’s new poet laureate, looks forward to raising the profile of writers of color in Madison. Read more


Tickets were not supposed to go on sale until Feb. 8 for the Feb. 15 show. But organizers moved the date up and tickets sold out in under an hour. Read more

A & E


Riley Frambes

Madison already has a happening storytelling scene. But with the arrival of national powerhouse the Moth StorySLAM in February, it’s about to take flight. Read more

A & E


Joel Ninmann

Recruited for their spoken word talents and offered full scholarships at the UW, First Wave scholars are breaking new ground on campus and beyond. Read more

A & E

As Madison reacts to the police-involved shooting of Willy Street resident Tony Robinson over the weekend, audiences will have an opportunity to experience performances created by UW-Madison's hip-hop and spoken word community. Read more



Philip Ashby

In recent years we've seen an exciting expansion in our understanding of poetry and its forms, as well as how and where it is expressed. And here in Madison there is an opportunity for poets to share their work with a wide and eclectic audience. Madi Read more



Martel Chapman

With its open mics and audience-judged competitions, spoken-word poetry has a more populist vibe than many other art forms. It can help audience members walk in a stranger's shoes, if only for a few minutes. Read more



Lanni Solochek

It's a rare occasion that a poet's name appears on the marquee at the Majestic Theatre, but longtime activist and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson likes to defy convention. She performed to a nearly full house on Wednesday, the day she released her l Read more


Two young spoken-word artists will attend UW-Madison under a new, full-tuition scholarship from the university's First Wave program. Read more


A Q&A with rocker turned activist Henry Rollins, the former lead singer of punk band Black Flag and an ardent proponent of human rights. Read more



Charlie Powell

Here's the thing about Ira Glass: The host of public radio's "This American Life" seems to be exactly the same in real life as he is on his show. Read more


The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently received more than 6,000 rare Hebrew and Yiddish recordings. They'll become the centerpiece of the new Mayrent Institute for Jewish Culture, the world's only facility devoted to Yiddish arts. Read more


It was verse versus verse Friday night at the Wisconsin Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finals, but the 21 high school students who got up and spat spoken word were all treated like winners. The artists, Madison and Milwaukee students, performed original comp Read more



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. Read more