Welcome to the MN Spoken Word Association, a spoken word organization created to foster and support the spoken word community in Minnesota. In celebration of MNSWA’s 10 year anniversary this year we are revitalizing some old programs and launching some new ones while re-scaling the number of projects and instead going deeper with programming and focus. While things may appear a bit quieter than usual, fun structural and community building work is being done as this time is extremely exciting!
Supporters are invited to help MNSWA raise funds to support its launch of YOUTH AMPLIFIED youth leadership program and SAY WORD: Youth Slam League. Help us impact youth through spoken word poetry programming and the 2011 one of a kind – Spoken Word Institute. To give go to http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Mn-Spoken-Word-Association-Youth-Programs
The MN Spoken Word Association’s (MNSWA) serves as a primary, innovative presenter and resource, to enhance the understanding and spread the reach of the art form. The mission is to impact literacy, youth leadership, and social awareness through the urban arts.
Through our endeavors, we hope to continue to develop the spoken word community and help evolve the art form, not only in Minnesota, but also in other parts of the country and the world.
The Minnesota Spoken Word Association is one of the premier spoken word organizations in the country. Founded by spoken word artists it has worked to help build the spoken word community and to elevate the art form through its mission, programming, and education programs on the tradition. It has developed MN’s first Spoken Word Institute for teachers and youth, the Singers of Daybreak spoken word conference for 2 years; the Urban Griots radio show which fuses spoken word, hip hop and conscious music. the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards; along with numerous open mics, projects and collaborations. It has worked with or featured such artists as The Last Poets, Carl Hancock Rux, Jessica Care Moore, Miguel Algarin, J. Otis Powell!, Mike Ladd, Ursula Rucker, Truthmaze, i was born with 2 tongues, Bao Phi, Zell Miller III, Slug (Atmosphere), Desdamona, Talaam Acey, e.g. bailey, The Poet Tree, Toki Wright (The C.O.R.E.), Queen Sheba, Shá Cage, Slam MN, Edupoetic Enterbrainment, David Mura, Eyedea and Abilities, Sister Mimi, the National Poetry Slam and many more.
Some of our current and past programs and projects include the Urban Griots radio show (KMOJ 89.9 Saturdays 10pm), the People’s Open Mic (’02-’06), the Say Word! Youth Slam League, RYOT (Revolutionary Youth of Today) youth entity and its G.O.T. Mic? youth open mic series, the Youth Liberation Poets (YLP), def poetics Quest For the Voice youth slam series to take youth from Minnesota to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, The annual summer Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute, Write On school residencies (8yrs). We also conduct workshops, travel, residencies, projects and collaborations.