The 2018 Salt City Unified slam team put together 4 poems for a full suite performance inspired by the Wizard of Oz. Jesse Parent explores the Scarecrow and the struggle of the working class, RJ Walker explores the Tin Man and having anxiety and depression in the same body, Jose Soto explores The Lion and the pressure of colonialism on the immigrant experience, Dorothy McGinnis and Tanesha Nicole Tyler explore Dorothy And Oz together for a co-written poem about the emotional and physical labor femmes and especially femmes of color perform for little to no credit or compensation, reclaiming their greatness.
"All that is great and powerful is the work done behind the curtain."- Dorothy and Oz
"Ya'll did that? A whole ass concept bout?"- Vogue Robinson
"Slam Charlotte won NPS, but Salt City became legends" Marquis Burton
"The Poems that push the art forward don't win" Ryan J
"TALK ABOUT PLAYING THE LONG GAME" Shay Alexi
"Some of the best concept poetry I've ever seen. Salt City you wild... this shit is next level"- Poets of Color Podcast
"YOU BETTER DO THAT CONCEPT BOUT!"- Shouted from the audience, probably Akeem Rollins.
"That Makes me rethink how I coach poetry, how I write poetry, how I teach poetry and I can't wait for my scene to start writing poems after Salt Lake City"- Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam
"good work good work good work good work good work good work"-Pages Matam
"THE CONCEPT BOUT STRIKES AGAIN!"- Will Giles
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RJ Walker Salt Lake City, Utah
RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. "What's a spoken word artist?" you may be thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator.
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