The evolvement of African-American poetry | Latest Updates


A slow walk to the mic.

A quick glimpse of the audience before a few moments of truth.

“As long as I’m comfortable with what I’ve written,” said Kaela Staples-Still, a senior theatre studies major and poet. “I have no problem going up on stage and reading it to other people. How they perceive it, is how they perceived it.”

Staples-Still performs slam poetry with the Kent’s organization Sojourneyed Da Truth.

Slam Poetry is a competitive poetry reading performed without props, costumes or music.

Sojourneyed Da Truth commonly meets at Oscar Ritchie Hall to hold public poetry slams. Staples-Still said it is a performance art that is very important to the African-American…

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