Individual Author Record
Name: Marc Kelly SmithPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionSmith is a native Chicagoan and born on the southeast side of the city.
Biographical and Professional InformationMarc Smith is best known for creating the Poetry Slam in 1986 at the Green Mill Tavern in Chicago. Born on the southeast side of Chicago, Smith’s sense of rhythm and realism has made him one of the country’s most compelling poetry performers. Smith has performed at The Smithsonian Institute, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary, the Asheville Poetry Festival in North Carolina, 1st Night Annapolis in Maryland, The Innovator’s Festival in Washigton DC, the Kennedy Center, Galway’s Cruit Festival, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Ausburg’s ABC Brecht Festival, and the Queensland Poetry Fest in Australia. He has been featured on CNN, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio’s Whadda Ya Know, ARTbeat Chicago, Ophra, Wild Chicago, WGN Chicago’s Very Own and Chicago Slices.Smith’s poetry has been featured in Hammer’s Magazine, Chicago Magazine, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Poetry Slam, an anthology, Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, which won the 1994 American Book Award, and The United States of Poetry, a publication that accompanied the PBS television series. Selections of his work can also be heard on the CDs: By Someone’s Good Grace, a recording of the first National Slam Team Champions, Grand Slam: The 1995 National Slam, It’s About Time, and Quarters in the Juke Box.He has also written and produced two stage plays: Flea Market, a night of monologues, and A House Party For Henry, an interactive play, and co-wrote, produced, and performed in the Zeitgeist Theater’s The Psychic Café. He just recently debuted his highly acclaimed Sandburg to Smith, a musical adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s poems and stories performed in concert with the Rootabaga Band.
- Crowdpleaser, College Press, 1996
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry, Alpha Publishing, 2004 - written with Joe Kraynak
- Stage a Poetry Slam: Creating Performance Poetry Events-Insider Tips, Backstage Advice, and Lots of Examples, Sourcebooks Media Fusion, 2009 - written with Joe Karynak
- Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, Sourcebooks Media Fusion, 2009 - written with Joe Kraynak
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 0965152200 Collage Press. 1996 Book by Smith, Marc Kelly
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry
ISBN: 1592572464 Alpha. 2004 Get in on the action...CD included!
According to the PBS television series The United States of Poetry, a "strand of new poetry began at Chicago's Green Mill Tavern in 1986 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam." Since then, performance poetry has spread throughout the United States. Now, the father of the poetry slam presents the most comprehensive book on spoken-word poetry performances.
Stage a Poetry Slam: Creating Performance Poetry Events-Insider Tips, Backstage Advice, and Lots of Examples (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
ISBN: 1402218982 Sourcebooks MediaFusion. 2009
How can I run my own slam?
For groups large and small, from single events to recurring programs, Stage a Poetry Slam explains the easy way to make your slams a success.
Stage a Poetry Slam is a comprehensive guide for both budding and seasoned Slammasters — people in charge of organizing and promoting poetry slams and spoken word events. Marc Kelly Smith, grand founder of the Slam movement and host of the original Uptown Poetry Slam, the one that started them all, takes you back stage to reveal the techniques and strategies he's crafted over his 20 years plus of developing world-class Slam shows. In Stage a Poetry Slam, Marc leads you through the process of shaping your own Slam from vision to opening night, as you discover how to...
Stage a Poetry Slam is packed with practical, world-tested advice on how to craft a compelling spoken word poetry event and promote in such a way to pack the seats and leave a line out to the streets.
You'll also find a brief history of slam, the rules and regulations that govern official slam competitions, and a list of PSI (Poetry Slam, Inc.) Certified Slams, so you always have a place to visit to pick up ideas and talk shop with other Slammasters!
Marc Kelly Smith—the father of the poetry slam himself—shares his experiences from thousands of shows to get readers started, covering everything, including finding a venue, lighting and sound, managing performers, even getting publicity.
Stage a Poetry Slam is filled with insider tips, backstage advice, and examples that will wake up an audience and keep them coming back. You'll also be able to go online to the PoetrySpeaks.com community to listen to the samples, meet poets, and discover new inspirations. It's showtime!
The ultimate guide for anyone who wants to run a slam or performance poetry show
Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
ISBN: 1402218990 Sourcebooks MediaFusion. 2009
Get on Stage and Perfect Your Performance
Have you ever enjoyed a slam or two and thought, "I could do this," but felt apprehensive staring at that empty mic—or worse, you climbed up on stage and struggled?
Let Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of Slam Poetry, teach you everything you need to be a confident performer, from writing a powerful poem, to stage techniques, to going on tour (if that's where your muse leads you).
Take the Mic is filled with insider tips, backstage advice, and tons of examples of slam poems that wake up an audience. With this book, you'll also be able to link to the PoetrySpeaks.com community to listen to samples, meet poets, and unearth inspirations for your next performance.
The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing with Power
Take the Mic is an essential guide for lifting your poetry from the page to the stage. Marc Kelly Smith (So What!), grand founder of the Slam movement, serves as you personal coach, showing you how to craft stage-worthy verse and deliver a poetry performance that shakes the rafters and sparks thunderous applause. In Take the Mic, you discover how to...
Take the Mic is packed with practical exercises you can do alone or in class to hone your skills and transform your body, mind, voice, verse, and spirit into an engaging stage presence.
You'll also find a brief history of slam, the rules and regulations that govern official slam competitions, and a list of PSI (Poetry Slam, Inc.) Certified Slams, so no matter where you are, you always have a place to Take the Mic!