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SpokenArc is where Arc features work from spoken word artists and critical essays on the craft of spoken word. Online, you will mostly find videos and audio poems that cannot be full experienced on the printed page.

Lucia Misch — The Work Projects Administration

“When it was decided that the theme issue of Arc this year would deal with Labour, I knew immediately that I wanted to spotlight this poem by Lucia Misch. It reminds us of a time when accomplishment could be purchased with a currency far greater than simple dollars and cents.

Once you have watched Lucia’s performance, you can find a copy of the written version of this poem in the latest issue of Arc Poetry Magazine.”

Rusty Priske, Spoken Word Editor


Lucia Misch is a writer and performer from the Bay Area. She shares her work on stages ranging from literary festivals to labor union conventions to poetry slams across North America. Her first collection of poetry will be released by Write Bloody North in 2019.

A veteran arts educator, Lucia facilitates writing workshops for youth with WordPlay: Poetry In Schools, as an ArtStarts Poet in Residence, and a teaching artist at creative arts camps along the West Coast. She lives and works on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


The American National Poetry Slam through the eyes of a Canadian Spoken Word poet!

Jennifer Alicia is a queer, mixed (Mi’kmaq/Settler) spoken word artist originally from Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), now residing in Tkaronto, Ontario. She is two time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion and member of Seeds & Stardust: an Indigenous women’s poetry collective. Jennifer Alicia’s poetry tells stories of love and rage.


‘I’m Holding You To This’ by Mitchelos

SpokenArc is proud to share a new video by Mitchelos, a yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (maa-nulth treaty) artist based out of coast salish territories, host of the mixolos mitchtape podcast, and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Rising Voice Poet of Honor 2017.

This video highlights their work using an eerie, moody style that combines with his words and timbre of his voice to create a sense of unease. Make sure you watch right to the end for an added gift from the poet.


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