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Read By: Ron Butler, Asia Rainey, Reynaldo Piniella, Maria José Zuniga, Michael Pogue, Shaunnah Ray, various narrators Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593507896

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

86

Longest Chapter Length:

10:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

13 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

02:31 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

134

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Publisher Description

An expansive, moving poetry anthology, representing 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Chicago's Oak Park River Forest High School Spoken Word Club.

"Poets I know sometimes joke that the poetry club at Oak Park River Forest High School is the best MFA program in the Chicagoland area. Like all great jokes, this one is dead serious." -Eve L. Ewing, award-winning poet, playwright, scholar, and sociologist

For Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School's Spoken Word Club, there is one phrase that reigns supreme: Respect the Mic. It's been the club's call to arms since its inception in 1999. As its founder Peter Kahn says, "It's a call of pride and history and tradition and hope."

This vivid new collection of poetry and prose -- curated by award-winning and bestselling poets Hanif Abdurraqib, Franny Choi, Peter Kahn, and Dan "Sully" Sullivan -- illuminates just that, uplifting the incredible legacy this community has cultivated. Among the dozens of current students and alumni, Respect the Mic features work by NBA champion Iman Shumpert, National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson, National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson, National Student Poet Natalie Richardson, comedian Langston Kerman, and more.

In its pages, you hear the sprawling echoes of students, siblings, lovers, new parents, athletes, entertainers, scientists, and more --all sharing a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling. A celebration of the past, a balm for the present, and a blueprint for the future, Respect the Mic offers a tender, intimate portrait of American life, and conveys how in a world increasingly defined by separation, poetry has the capacity to bind us together.

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Ask a teenager 'How was school?' and you are likely to hear one word in reply: 'Boring.' Fortunately, the Spoken Word Club anthology has the potential to alter that response forever. These poems and personal stories offer evidence of the power of the word to engage young people in learning about the one thing they never find boring--themselves. Sometimes engagement begins on the page.

— Carol Jago, Former President of the National Council of Teachers of English 

Quotes

  • Poets I know sometimes joke that the poetry club at Oak Park River Forest High School is the best MFA program in the Chicagoland area. Like all great jokes, this one is dead serious.

    — Eve L. Ewing, award-winning poet, playwright, scholar, and sociologist
  • This anthology holds twenty years of evidence of the power of poetry...This is a primer for the next twenty years of great poems and poets.

    — Terrance Hayes, National Book Award-winning poet
  • This anthology feels like a living, breathing thing. The scope and depth of Oak Park's program--and of poetry's ability to transform writers and readers alike--are palpable in these pages.

    — Tavi Gevinson, writer, Rookie magazine editor, and actress
  • What a book! ... This is the intimate gift poetry has always carried in all its seams and weavings. This is the crucial befriending.

    — Naomi Shihab Nye, Pushcart award-winning Poetry Editor for the New York Times and the National Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate.
  • Electric and expansive.

    — Kirkus Reviews

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