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Renowned Slam Poet Takes Her Message To Youth

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Gayle Danley

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Slam poet Gayle Danley has won international acclaim as a slam poet, and her newest endeavor is could be her most challenging one yet. Danley is taking the themes within her poems and passing them on to children.

The artist, recently featured in the Washington Post Magazine, explains her passion for the spoken word and for sharing her message with young people.

'Gayle's 5 Steps to Slam'

By Gayle Danley

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Step 1: Begin with a life experience, good or bad. Take that event and write it down.

Step 2: Read it aloud.

Step 3: Trim it down. Take away the excess — everything that is not "heart."

Step 4: Repeat step two. Be sure not to trim too much.

Step 5: "Add the flavor." Let yourself go. Incorporate your personality.



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