CommonWealth Slam: Competitive Catharsis

Front Porch Magazine
March 2016, pg. 28

Robert Owens might be the person who is most surprised by his development as a poet.  In school, he’d thought of poetry as dry and academic, structured and somehow designed to make the reader feel less intelligent than the poet.  He felt no connection.  It wasn’t until he was 22 years old that he began to consider himself a writer. The advent of Def Jam Poetry changed his outlook.  Finally, he heard something that sounded like his writing.   (Read More

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