P4: slam home

December 3, 2016

The Performance Poetry Preservation ProjectIf you’re interested in slam poetry, you should definitely keep an eye on The Performance Poetry Preservation Project (P4).

P4 is in the process of collecting audio, video, print, and other artifacts from the first 25 years of poetry slam, with the intention of creating an accessible library of slam history. “Our first goal is to convert the original material, where feasible, into digital files to protect the content from media degradation and obsolescence.”

The collection currently includes more than 570 media items with over 3,500 audio and video recordings of performances by over 1,100 poets. P4 is in the process of developing a long term partnership agreement with an academic repository, such as a college or university library for the perpetual storage and preservation of the archive. This is good.

Learn more at The Performance Poetry Preservation Project website or the P4 Facebook page.

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