Glenn North describes spoken word poetry as "in your face," using word play and slang. And he's gained a reputation as a performance poet, sharing the stage with poets like Amiri Baraka and Nikki Giovanni.
The community programs and education director at the Black Archives of Mid-America, North has worked with urban youth to develop their open mic skills, and encouraged them to write a style of poetry that's meant to be performed for an audience.
A Cave Canem fellow and a Callaloo creative writing fellow, in 2009, North received the Charlotte Street Foundation's Generative Performing Artist award.
North shared three of his own poems about the African-American experience, including one about Blues pianist and singer Julia Lee, who grew up in Kansas City, Missouri:
All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some poets, are archived on SoundCloud.