Project V.O.I.C.E.

Like its name indicates, ‘spoken word poetry’ is the artistic performance of making poetry out-loud or storytelling. The art of spoken poetry has existed for centuries and was actually a category in Ancient Greece Olympic Games. Yet, in the 1960’s, modern ‘spoken word poetry’ became popular with The Last Poets, a group of African-American poets and musicians who were part of the Civil Rights movement and of the Black Nationalist Movement. Nowadays, Spoken Word Poetry’s artists do not publish books but rather prefer to use video and audio recording. In 2004, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye created project V.O.I.C.E. i.e. Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression, which is an international movement for spoken word poetry’s promotion. It brings together writing and theatre and “a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary”. Check out this amazing video telling their original story.

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