Abiodun Oyewole Abiodun Oyewole (born Charles Davis, February 1948), is a poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which developed into what is conside...
Alix Olson Alix L. Olson (born 1975 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American poet who works exclusively in spoken word.
Andra Simons Andra Simons is a Bermudian writer, director and actor now residing in London.
Andrea Gibson Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado.
B. Dolan Bernard Dolan, better known as B. Dolan, is an American rapper, spoken word artist and activist based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Beau Sia Beau Sia (born 1976) is an American slam poet.
Beth Lisick Beth Lisick is an American writer, performer, and author of four books.
Bob Holman Bob Holman is an American poet and poetry activist, most closely identified with the Oral tradition, the spoken word, and slam poetry.
Bradley Hathaway Bradley Hathaway (born February 13, 1982) is a spoken word poet and a folk singer and songwriter from Fort Smith, Arkansas Bradley Hathaway was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and lived there until...
Buddy Wakefield Buddy Wakefield (born June 4, 1974) is an American performance poet/slam poet.
Chris tse Chris Tse (born 19 June 1989) is a Canadian spoken word poet of Chinese decent.
Chris Tse Chris Tse (born 19 June 1989) is a Canadian spoken word poet, motivational speaker, and hip hop artist of Chinese descent.
Clint Catalyst Clint Catalyst (born April 8, 1971) is the nom de plume of an American author, actor, spoken word performer, and stylist.
Coleman Barks Coleman Barks (born April 23, 1937) is an American poet, and former literature faculty at the University of Georgia.
Daniel Ladinsky Daniel Ladinsky (born 1948) is an American poet and interpreter of mystical poetry, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
Danny Strack Danny Strack is a performance poet and juggler, residing in Austin, TX. He currently runs the Austin Poetry Slam, a weekly show at the US Art Authority on Tuesdays at 8pm.
Dwayne Morgan Dwayne Morgan is a Canadian spoken word artist, motivational speaker and event organizer based in Toronto, Ontario.
Exene Cervenka Exene Cervenka (born Christene Lee Cervenka, February 1, 1956) is an American singer, artist, and poet, best known for her work as a singer in the Los Angeles punk rock band X.
Felipe Luciano Felipe Luciano (born c. 1947) is an American poet, community activist, journalist, media personality, and politician.
Gil Scott-Heron Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s.
Gylan Kain Gylan Kain is an American poet and playwright.
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin (born in 1944) is one of the founding members of The Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians that evolved in the 1960s out of the Harlem Writers Workshop in New Yor...
Jamie DeWolf Jamie DeWolf (born October 28, 1977) is an American slam poet and spoken word comedian from Oakland, California.
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas Jane Musoke-Nteyafas (born c. 1976) is a poet, writer, visual artist, columnist and playwright.
Jim Cohn Jim Cohn is a poet, poetry activist, and spoken word artist in the United States.
John S. Hall John S. Hall (born John Charles Hall September 2) is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer perhaps best known for his work with King Missile, an avant-garde band that he co-founded i...
Joolz Denby Joolz Denby (Born Julianne Mumford 9 April 1955, previously known simply as Joolz) is a poet, novelist and artist based in Bradford, UK.
Jourdan Sebastian Jourdan Sebastian a.k.a. The Dreamer, is an independent Filipino Spoken Word artist, director, executive producer, writer, actor, filmmaker, beat poet, acting coach, creative director, music vid...
Juliana Luecking Juliana Luecking is a musician, spoken-word artist and video maker.QueenJuliana is her YouTube channel where People Are a Trip, a series filmed in public places in New York City, is featured.
Karen Finley Karen Finley (born 1956 in Chicago) is an American performance artist, whose theatrical pieces and recordings have often been labeled obscene due to their graphic depictions of sexuality, abuse,...
Kathleen Hanna Kathleen Hanna is an American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. In the early- to mid-1990s she was the lead singer of Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Kealoha Kealoha (translation: "The Love") is the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii and the first poet to perform at a Hawaii governor’s inauguration.
Ken Nordine Ken Nordine (born April 13, 1920) is an American voice-over and recording artist, best known for his series of Word Jazz albums.
Laurie Anderson Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of ex...
Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch, June 2, 1959, Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, actress, and self-empowerment speaker whose career was spawned by the New York No Wave scene.
M. K. Asante MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, and professor.
Maggie Estep Maggie Estep (March 20, 1963 – February 12, 2014) was an American writer and poet most well known for coming to prominence during the height of the spoken word and poetry slam performance rage.
Malik & the O.G's Malik & the O.Gs is a spoken-word performance band based in Liverpool.
Malik Al Nasir Malik Al Nasir (formerly Mark T. Watson) is a British author and performance poet, born in Liverpool, England in 1966 to a Welsh mother and a Guyanese father.
Manja Croiset Manja Croiset (born 5 July 1946 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch poet, writer and recitation artist.
Max Blagg Max Blagg is a British-born poet, writer, and performer from England.
Mighty Mike McGee Michael Matthew McGee, more commonly known as Mighty Mike McGee, is an American slam poet.
Miles Walser Miles Walser is an American poet whose writing touches upon issues of gender binary, dichotomies, race, transgender themes such as hate crimes and transphobia, as well as family. Many of his poems have autobiographical themes.
Mwatabu S. Okantah Mwatabu S. Okantah (born August 18, 1952 in Newark, New Jersey, United States) is an American poet, essayist, professor, and vocalist.
Pi O П. O. (or Pi O, born 1951) is an Australian, working class, anarchist, poet of Greek origin.
Poetry Archive The Poetry Archive is a free, web-based library formed to hold recordings of English language poets reading their own work.
Rives (poet) John G. Rives is an American performance poet, storyteller, and author.
Sage Francis Paul "Sage" Francis (born November 18, 1976) is a hip hop artist from Providence, Rhode Island.
Taylor Mali Taylor McDowell Mali (born 28 March 1965) is an American slam poet, humorist, teacher, and voiceover artist.
The Last Poets The Last Poets is the name for several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement's black nationalist movement.
Tons of Fun University Tons of Fun University is a musical, spoken word trio based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which formed in 2003.
Tusiata Avia Tusiata Avia (born 1966) is a New Zealand page and performance poet born to a Samoan father and Palagi (New Zealand European) mother.
Umar Bin Hassan Umar Bin Hassan (born in 1948) is an African-American poet associated with The Last Poets.
Valery Oisteanu Valery Oisteanu (born September 3, 1943) is a Soviet-born Romanian and American poet, art critic, essayist, photographer and performance artist, whose style reflects the influence of Dada and Su...
Yellow Rage Yellow Rage is a duo of Philadelphia-based Asian American female spoken word poets, made up of Michelle Myers, who holds a PhD from Temple University, and Catzie Vilayphonh, the Fashion Director...