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SPOKEN WORD A Cultural History

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Joshua Bennett

Contemporary Culture • 7 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

Author/narrator Joshua Bennett opens with the definition of "spoken word." Even when he recites a mere definition, his voice is lyrical, rhythmic, earnest, and informative. The artist and scholar shares the history of the genre, along with his own story. His voice invites listeners into the world of performance poetry. When he shares his poetry, listeners hear why he rose to the top of this genre in slam competitions. He speeds up, slows down, and eases into the narrative of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the slam poetry world. He passionately reminds listeners of their founders and the importance of acknowledging the history and impact of this growing art form. T.E.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2023]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9780593665121 $17.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2023

DD ISBN 9780593665138 $66.50

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