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Still Not Politically Correct
Steve Marsh's feature at the Kalamazoo Poetry Slam was so much fun, full of good energy and laughs, that he thought he'd share it with you. This live recording will go a long way toward explaining its title. Find out why everyone calls him the BBWG.
Just the Clean Stuff
This is a pocket CD. Smaller but it plays in your regular CD player. These are the "clean" poems from Steve Marsh's most recent feature at the Kalamazoo Poetry Slam. So squeaky-clean, you could play it in church! Signed and numbered.
Skinny Poems by Steve Marsh
"Skinny Poems," One book of a three part collection of Steve Marsh's selected work since 1995. These poems were chosen because they fit on the page without weird line breaks. They were all "skinny poems." No one has more diverse subject matter than this.
Dog Daze by Steve Marsh
"Dog Daze" Haiku Channeled from Two Mixed-Breeds Have you wondered just what was in the mind of your dog? Wonder no more, Zac, a four-year old cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Rhodesian Ridgeback and E.D., a less than one year old German Shepherd and Lab mix have written this book of enlightening haiku to answer that question. Soon to be the libretto in a University of Texas Ph.D. produced opera AND an independent film produced in Australia, (No kidding!) Dog Daze will make you laugh. Guaranteed. Westside Press, Product sample: Why do you squeal so When I only touch my nose To your smelly place? --Zac
Steve also appears on several anthology CDs. Check the store!
|Name: Steve Marsh|
Homepage: The Wordsmith Press
Venue Homepage: http://www.a2slam.com
Bio: At age 56, Steve Marsh is not the oldest performance poet in the world, but he has been involved with the art form for a good long time. With over twenty years of experience in the high school classroom and over fourteen years of active participation in the Poetry Slam movement, he brings a rich history and a wealth of experience to stages across Michigan and North America. His poetry is a broad mixture of the serious and the silly with subject matter ranging from the changing roles for men in our culture to politics, to modern science's impact on our physical and spiritual lives, to a long series of "channeled" haiku from the dogs in his life.
Steve is currently the Executive Director of Poetry Slam, Incorporated, the non-profit organization that administers all the "official" poetry slams in the world and brings the National Poetry Slam, the largest single performance poetry festival, to a new city in North America each year. He is a poet with many published poems and the author of five self-published and distributed chapbooks and one CD of his original work.
Steve is currently at work editing and publishing a series of tall tales written by his father shortly before his death. Steve lives in the Ann Arbor area with his wife, Debora, three step-daughters whom he calls his own and two mixed breed dogs all of whom provide a wealth of inspiration for his poetic work.
Steve earns his living solely through his poetic endeavors and is available for workshops and performances through The Wordsmith Press, 810.231.5435.
1991 Team Member
1992 Team Member, finalist
1993 Team Member, semi-finalist
1995 National Poetry Slam Co-Host, MC
1996 Team Member
1997 Co-coach, Focused on the establishment of PSI as an official non-profit corporation
1998 Team Member
1999 MC, Retired from competition to assume Executive Director duties of PSI
2001 SlamMaster, MC
2002 SlamMaster, National Administrator
PSI Member Since: I am PSI member #001
Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
ArtServe of Michigan
Michigan Speech Coaches, Inc.
National Forensics League
Michigan Education Association
Michigan Association of Speech Communications
Former Member, Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association
- Residency, Mallow Jr. High, Shelby Township, MI
- Performance, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
- Master of Ceremonies, ACUI International Conference Slam, Toronto, Ontario
- Performance and MC, First ever National College Poetry Slam, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Keynote address, Michigan Association of Speech Communications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Has Also Performed for the following types of audiences:
NPS Finals Stage
Elementary School Students
Middle School Students
High School Students
Every poetic thing I've ever worked on is at http://www.thewordsmithpress.com
Recurring Themes in Your Work:
I continue to ask those unanswerable questions: where does love come from, how do ethics emerge, what's up with politicians? Sometimes I'm serious, sometimes I'm not. One time I'll make fun of me. The next time I might make fun of you. I promise a very wide range of material, styles, and treatments. I have subject matter appropriate to middle school students, high school students, service clubs and professional organizations or I can host your annual erotic poetry night. And I understand the difference and select material accordingly.
Describe your most profound slam-related experience:
"In 1991 I was on one of eight teams in the National Poetry Slam. We finished seventh, I think. It changed my life. Suddenly, I discovered it was good to be home with family I had never met. Poetry had been an important part of my life before that moment. Performance poetry has been a very large part of my life ever since."