Nora Herzog is an Anchorage teen, a junior at West High School, and a member of the 2013 Brave New Alaskan Voices Slam Team. She discovered Spoken Word as an art form in middle school, but became inspired when she saw a Slam done by the 2012 BNAV team. She travelled to Chicago with five other members of BNAV last year to participate in Brave New Voices, the International Spoken Word Festival. Currently she is competing for a spot on the 2014 BNAV team, and is organizing an inter-school slam between Highland Tech, Homer Slam Team, Steller Secondary and West High. She hopes that soon Spoken Word will be a more recognized artistic opportunity for youth to express themselves through language.
See bnav.org for more information on the Alaskan competing team.
Spoken Word is not a new art form, it is seen throughout history in the form of storytelling, oral history and song.
Now Spoken Word is unraveling into an international movement, looking to promote the voices of the voiceless, focusing specifically on teens.