Marc Smith

July 18th, 2011

It’s the 25th year Anniversary Party-Extravaganza of the Poetry Slam! Join host Elysabeth Alfano on Fear No ART and go behind the scenes of the Green Mill in Chicago with performance poet Marc Smith.

Marc Smith is a performance poet and the creator and founder of the International Poetry Slam movement.  As stated in the PBS television series, The United States of Poetry, a “strand of new poetry began at Chicago’s Green Mill Tavern in 1987 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam.”  Since then, performance poetry has spread throughout the world, exported to over 500 cities large and small.

Chalking up more than 2,000 engagements in nightclubs, concert halls, libraries, universities — and on top of the occasional hot dog stand — Marc continues to entertain and inspire audiences as diverse and eager as any to be found in the realm of fine arts.  He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, Galway’s Cruit Festival, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Ausburg’s ABC Brecht Festival, and the Queensland Poetry Fest in Australia. He has hosted over 1000 standing room only shows at the Green Mill’s original slam and has been featured on CNN, 60 Minutes, and National Public Radio. He narrated the Sourcebooks releases Spoken Word Revolution and Spoken Word Revolution Redux . Marc’s volume of poetry Crowdpleaser (Collage Press) and his CDs It’s About Time, Quarters in the Juke Box, and Love & Politics are available through his website

Marc performing ” My Father’s Coat” at the Green Mill in Chicago on June 19, 2011.

Faylita Hicks performing her poetry at the Green Mill in Chicago on June 19, 2011.

Roger Bonair-Agard performs “The Year of the Cutlass” at the Green Mill in Chicago on June 19, 2011.

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