International Focus
Poet, Sebastian: Slam in Germany

Poet, Sebastian: Slam in Germany

Poet, Sebastian 23 tells Shake the Dust about the Slam Poetry Scene in Germany : “When I came into the German Poetry Slam scene in 2002, people told me that I was putting energy into a thing that was way beyond it’s climax. Until then Poetry Slam in Germany had been growing for eight or nine years...
Slämärit: Slam in Finland

Slämärit: Slam in Finland

Shake the Dust asked the young people from the Finnish slam group, Slämärit, how they started writing and performing poetry in the first place. One young person told us; “it was because of my great Finnish language teacher, they made slam poetry seem very interesting, so I wanted to try it myself. I had written...
Slämärit: Leena Heikkila tells us about youth slam in Finland

Slämärit: Leena Heikkila tells us about youth slam in Finland

I’m an International School teacher in Finland, teaching kids between 6 and 18 years old. Through Netlibris I got to hear about Lynk Reach London Teenage Poetry Slam, and with Arja Kangasharju, we contacted Jacob Sam-La Rose, met him, and got hooked! Then we started to get Slämärit going and made it nation wide right from the beginning! Slämärit...
International Focus: Danez Smith of First Wave

International Focus: Danez Smith of First Wave

In our series of International Focus blog posts, leading poetry practitioners from outside the UK tell us all about themselves, slam and spoken word. This post is from Danez Smith, a poet, performer, and playwright from St. Paul, Minnesota.
International Focus: Peter Kahn

International Focus: Peter Kahn

In International Focus, we talk to leading poetry practitioners from outside the UK about slam. Peter Kahn is co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam and founding member of Malika’s Kitchen in Chicago. He has nearly twenty years experience working with young people as both a social worker and teacher. Based at Oak Park & River...