Poetry Slam

Using sites like Twitter, Tumblr, or Youtube, groups of students find a “word cloud” or “tag cloud” of words associated with a topic of their choice. These words are attached to small foam balls, and then the groups engage in the “slam” aspect of the poetry slam–a friendly game of poetry dodge ball. Each team uses the foam balls they collect by the end of the match to craft and creatively perform a poem. The workshop transforms social media tools of word association into movement, poetry, and performance.