Explore the history of spoken word and oral story telling traditions as you work your way through this collection of insightful and instructive essays, poems, and exercises. Interactive exercises by twenty-seven top professional spoken word artists explore specific facets of the art of spoken word. These exercises address history, writing, and performance–and will help lead the reader/participants on a creative journey of self discovery. Edited by  Sheri D Wilson ( also director of the Calgary/Banff  Spoken Word Festival) and published by the Banff Centre Press in March 2011. 

Paperback: 210 pp
Publisher: Banff Centre Press
Publication Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1894773409
ISBN-10: 1894773403
Price: $20.00 CAD
Dimensions: 9.13″ x 7.13″
Categories: Spoken Word,
Performing Arts, Writing


  • José Acquelin
  • bill bissett
  •  Regie Cabico
  • George Elliott Clarke
  •  Paul Dutton
  •  Ian Ferrier
  • John Giorno
  •  Sky Dancer – Louise B. Halfe
  •  Bob Holman
  • Kaie Kellough
  • Shane Koyczan
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle
  • Billeh Nickerson
  • Hilary Peach
  • Robert Priest
  • Stephen Ross Smith
  • Quincy Troupe
  • Anne Waldman
  • Sheri-D Wilson
  • d’bi young

Remarkable Riffs:

  • Brian Brett
  • Klyde Broox
  • Heather Haley
  • Richard Harrison
  • Wendy Morton
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Eugene Stickland

See more and purchase the Spoken Word Workbook.