Fiction

Keesha's House by Helen Frost
Seven teens who have all left home end up living at Keesha's house, sharing their tales of neglect, abuse, and sexuality in verse that spares nothing emotionally.

Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
Free-verse narratives, alternating between Ishmael of biblical times and Sam of modern times, each dealing with the same sort of family struggles.

Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes
Jazmin, a 14-year-old girl living in with her sister in Harlem during the 1960s, fills her journal with poetry, stories, and hope.

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip by Linda Oatman High
Two friends head out for the East Coast and some big-time poetry slams in this over-the-top hiphop fairy tale, told in verse.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ronald Koertege
Fourteen-year-old Kevin, a standout first baseman, gets stuck at home for months while recovering from mono. He starts reading one of his dad's poetry books and deals with time and with life by writing poetry of his own.

Chess Rumble by G. Neri
Marcus, who uses his fists to get by in the 'hood, learns to master his anger by hanging out with a Chess Master. Written in the rhythm of the street, great for inner-city kids or reluctant readers who will end up reading poetry without even realizing it.

God Went To Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant
Rylant asks, in this "novel-in-verse," what if the Supreme Diety were faced with very human situations like rollerblading and going to the doctor? Respectful, humorous, and an excellent choice for "reader's theatre."

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Lonnie Collins Motion is an 11 year-old boy who finds ways to express his feelings about a family tragedy when his teacher asks him to write poetry. He is a survivor and his strength shines through in free verse, sonnets, haiku, and other forms of poetry.

Nonfiction

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems From WritersCorp
The poetic voices of teens, collected from the San Francisco Arts Commission WritersCorps workshops for under-served youth.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry (with audio CD�s) by Marc Kelly Smith
Smith, the father of the poetry slam, presents the most comprehensive book on spoken-word poetry performances.

The Spoken Word Revolution (with audio CD) by
Mark Eleveld spotlights the world of performance poetry. Also check out his new book, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux.

Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
Glazner helped to create the National Poetry Slam competition; he shares his first ten years of experience and advice on how to run a slam, tips for memorizing poems, and more.

Hey You! C'Mere: A Poetry Slam
Written for ages 8 to 12, this book features large colorful art to enhance the liveliness of the words. On a hot summer day in the city, kids gather on the street and talk poetry as they move through the neighborhood.

The United States of Poetry
The varying styles, voices, and ideas incorporated into this anthology provide readers with a view of America that is new and fresh, portraying poetry in a similar fashion.

Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution edited by Alix Olson
A stunning collection from a range of the best female poetry slam competitors.

DVD/VHS

Slammin
Live coverage with performances and judging in the semi-final round of performance poetry to determine which poets will go to the annual National Poetry Slam competition.

Where Poems Come From
Octavio Paz, Alice Walker, and Allen Ginsberg are among the 15 poets who read their work and discuss their writing process.

Poetry Lounge: Spoken Word and the Art of Self-Expression
Featuring National Slam Champions from 2004, a good introduction to the art of the Slam.

Websites

National Poetry Slam
Website for the 2007 Poetry Slam

Poetry 180
One poem a day for American high schools, from the Library of Congress.

Poetry Slam Inc.
The official sponsors of the annual National Poetry Slam