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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2004
When many people think of live poetry, they picture their favorite cafe's open-mike night. The national tour of a Tony Award-winning theatrical event is the last thing on their minds. Those people have no idea what they're missing. Since 2002, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam has pushed performance poetry into the mainstream, winning the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. After a successful international run, the encore tour hits the Hippodrome Theatre for a three-night series tonight through Saturday.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2004
When many people think of live poetry, they picture their favorite cafe's open-mike night. The national tour of a Tony Award-winning theatrical event is the last thing on their minds. Those people have no idea what they're missing. Since 2002, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam has pushed performance poetry into the mainstream, winning the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. After a successful international run, the encore tour hits the Hippodrome Theatre for a three-night series tonight through Saturday.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Sun | July 23, 1995
While Rita Dove was poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, she received thousands of letters from people who wanted to talk about poetry. One woman told Ms. Dove that she thought poetry should be taught to children before they could read, before "they could learn to be afraid of it. Poetry," the letter said, "was making the language your own."The sheer tonnage of those letters signifies a poetry renaissance, according to Ms. Dove. "You have poetry in the universities. You have poetry in the high schools, which is new. You have poetry in the communities.
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By Clarinda Harriss and By Clarinda Harriss,Special to the Sun | May 19, 2002
Murdering English-language poets has gone out of style since the days of Christopher Marlowe (in barroom brawl) and Fulke Greville (by enraged employee). Good thing. Poetry is divided into ferociously hostile enemy camps. American poetry wars circa 2002 resemble actual combat in several important ways: * It's hard for noncombatants to understand the battle lines. * Most of the warring camps' passionately held premises are false. * People get hurt. Particularly visible among the poetry-war camps: "Performed poetry" vs. "read poetry"; "formal" vs. free-form poetry; African-American / urban poetry vs. European-American / suburban poetry.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1998
Gayle Danley gets to you.It's partly her braces-laced, chipmunk smile. Perhaps it's the way she scoots close and gets intimate, the down-home familiarity of her voice, the earthy tone of her words.Let me make sure I'm talking to real people:If the last compliment you gave was because the personwas really looking goodand you weren't just trying to get a higher gradeLook at me and say"I'm real Gayle"Danley is a slam poet -- the kind of writer whose works are designed to elicit response from an audience that is the judge of the work.
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By Clarinda Harriss and By Clarinda Harriss,Special to the Sun | May 19, 2002
Murdering English-language poets has gone out of style since the days of Christopher Marlowe (in barroom brawl) and Fulke Greville (by enraged employee). Good thing. Poetry is divided into ferociously hostile enemy camps. American poetry wars circa 2002 resemble actual combat in several important ways: * It's hard for noncombatants to understand the battle lines. * Most of the warring camps' passionately held premises are false. * People get hurt. Particularly visible among the poetry-war camps: "Performed poetry" vs. "read poetry"; "formal" vs. free-form poetry; African-American / urban poetry vs. European-American / suburban poetry.
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February 9, 2005
Youth leadership, service program taking applications Leadership U, a youth leadership and community service program sponsored by Leadership Howard County, is accepting applications from high school sophomores for its 10th class. The four-month program prepares students to be effective leaders by exploring the inner workings of the county and involving them in a team service project. Information sessions will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.
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By SAM SESSA | July 20, 2006
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Michelle "LOVE" Nelson Founded in --2001 Style --performance poetry Influenced by --Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Maya Angelou Notable --On her two albums, LOVE's Journey ... It Begins and justLOVEpoetryink Presents: LOVE's Journey ... The Middle Passage, Nelson injects her personal life into her music. The CD release party for The Middle Passage is Saturday. Quotable --"I take it as an opportunity to purge what's going on with me," Nelson said.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2010
David Ross is a father of two little children, 3-year-old London and 9-month-old Maia. But he's also a father figure to other youngsters through his work as a member of the 5th L, a Baltimore performance poetry troupe that often works with students, according to his wife, Courtney. For that reason, Ross was honored Sunday at a Father's Day Festival, the first such event sponsored by Fathers Rock, a nonprofit group dedicated to showing appreciation for fathers and father figures.
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December 2, 2011
Students at the Catonsville Education Center are among those from four Baltimore County public schools who will get to see a performance of "Disney's The Lion King" for free at the Hippodrome Theater Dec. 8. In addition to seeing the musical, fourth- and fifth-graders at the school on South Chapelgate Lane for children with special education needs will also participate in two related in-school workshops, thanks to Donna Wasserbach, ...
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1998
Gayle Danley gets to you.It's partly her braces-laced, chipmunk smile. Perhaps it's the way she scoots close and gets intimate, the down-home familiarity of her voice, the earthy tone of her words.Let me make sure I'm talking to real people:If the last compliment you gave was because the personwas really looking goodand you weren't just trying to get a higher gradeLook at me and say"I'm real Gayle"Danley is a slam poet -- the kind of writer whose works are designed to elicit response from an audience that is the judge of the work.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Sun | July 23, 1995
While Rita Dove was poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, she received thousands of letters from people who wanted to talk about poetry. One woman told Ms. Dove that she thought poetry should be taught to children before they could read, before "they could learn to be afraid of it. Poetry," the letter said, "was making the language your own."The sheer tonnage of those letters signifies a poetry renaissance, according to Ms. Dove. "You have poetry in the universities. You have poetry in the high schools, which is new. You have poetry in the communities.
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By Charles Storch and Charles Storch,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 13, 2005
From geography bees to science competitions, young people across the country face off in all sorts of academic contests. The nation's top spellers have been featured on ESPN and in a hit movie. So why not a "poetry bee"? The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation is working with the National Endowment for the Arts on pilot programs in high schools there and in the Washington, D.C., area that could lead to a national student poetry recitation contest. Students in a West Side Chicago high school have begun organizing the first such event, scheduled for April 11 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
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