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Spoken Word

as a hobby

Spoken word is a weapon of mass creation. It can tear down walls, build bridges, and ignite sparks. It can make you laugh, cry, think, and feel. It can challenge you, change you, and inspire you.

Jennifer L. Smith

Spoken word is a form of poetry that is performed out loud, often with passion and emotion. It can be a fun and rewarding hobby that allows you to express yourself, connect with others, and explore various topics and issues. To get started, you can write your own poems, watch videos of spoken word performances, join online or local poetry communities, and attend or participate in poetry events.

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Short visual inspiration.

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YouTube | Sabrina Benaim – Explaining My Depression to My Mother
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YouTube | Spoken-Word Poet Rudy Francisco Performs His Poem “Rifle”
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YouTube | Wake Up! (spoken word poetry) | Jesse Oliver | TEDxPerth
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YouTube | Roundhouse: Poetry Slam Final 2022


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Spotify | spoken word
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Spotify | The Dayton Poetry Slam Podcast

Spoken word is truth from broken pieces of our hearts that bleed from our pen to paper.

Amina Gautier


Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Slam. This is a competitive event where poets perform their poems in front of judges and audiences, who score them based on various criteria. The poet with the highest score wins the slam.
  • Open mic. This is a non-competitive event where anyone can sign up and perform their poems or other forms of spoken word, without any judging or scoring. It is usually a friendly and supportive environment for beginners and experienced poets alike.

How to start spoken word as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.


Get read(y).

Spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community.


Step-by-step tutorials.


Further reading.


Go-tos for information.

Spoken word is a way of saying things that need to be said. Things that need to be said to inspire, to heal, to change, to motivate, to uplift, to educate.

David Kirkland


Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | Louder Than a Bomb documentary trailer – long version


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Spoken word can also be a form of empowerment, activism, and healing for marginalized and oppressed groups.


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Spoken word can be delivered in a variety of styles and can even involve collaboration and experimentation with other art forms, such as music, theatre, and dance.


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Additional advice for beginners.

  • Read and listen to a lot of spoken word poems. This can help you learn from other poets, discover different styles and techniques, and find inspiration and motivation. You can find spoken word poems online, in books, or at live events.
  • Write about what matters to you. This can help you express yourself authentically, connect with your audience, and create a unique voice. You can write about anything that interests you, such as your personal experiences, opinions, feelings, or dreams.