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Buddy Wakefield

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Buddy Wakefield born June 4, 1974 is an American performance poet/slam poet He is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion 2004 and 20051 whose latest works have been released by Righteous Babe Records CD and Write Bloody Publishing books


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Books and records
  • 3 Influence
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Bibliography
    • 51 Anthologies
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Buddy Wakefield was born in Shreveport, Louisiana2 and raised in Baytown, Texas In 2001, he left his position as an executive assistant for a biomedical firm3 in Gig Harbor, Washington, sold or gave away everything he owned, and moved into a Honda Civic to tour North American poetry venues4

In 2004 and again in 2005, Buddy Wakefield won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship title, becoming the first poet to win the title two consecutive years5 Wakefield has been a member of several poetry slam teams, including Team Seattle in 2006 and 2007 When asked about his thoughts on the "Poetry Slam" and "Slam Poetry," Wakefield responded:

Wakefield continues to make his living through his poetry and performance In addition to touring the world solo, Wakefield has also been a core member of several traveling poetry groups, including 2007's Solomon Sparrow's Electric Whale Revival, 2008's Junkyard Ghost Revival, 2009's Elephant Engine High Dive Revival and 2010's Night Kite Revival, where he shared the stage with poets such as Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Andrea Gibson and Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, among others7 As of April 2012, Wakefield has performed his poetry in every state in the US except "Montana, Mississippi and North Dakota"6

When asked in an interview why he made art, Wakefield responded:

Books and recordsedit

Wakefield has published three books of poetry: Some They Can't Contain 2004, originally The Wordsmith Press; reissued by Write Bloody Publishing, Live for a Living 2007, Write Bloody Publishing9 and Gentleman Practice 2011, Write Bloody Publishing

Wakefield and Stephen Snook have published an entertaining table book on chicken rearing: Henhouse: The International Book for Chickens and Their Lovers 2012, Write Bloody Publishing ISBN 978-1-938912-05-4

Wakefield has also released three full-length spoken word albums with producers Jon Berardi and Levi Lyman: A Stretch of Presence 1999, Run On Anything 2006 which was released by Strange Famous Records,10 and Live at the Typer Cannon Grand 2009 which was released by Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records11 DiFranco first became aware of Wakefield when her mother saw him perform at an art gallery in Buffalo NY and gave DiFranco a print out of Wakefield's website, saying, “You have to do something with this guy”3 The album contains recordings of live performances, including several from Wakefield's numerous times opening for DiFranco on her tour, as well as one studio-produced track


Wakefield has had a profound impact on the contemporary Poetry Slam movement, both in his performance and writing style as well as how he has conducted his career In her book, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz named Wakefield as "the modern poetry slam role model" She wrote,


  • Live at the Typer Cannon Grand Righteous Babe Records, 2009 OCLC 670442318 CD, ASIN B0062IMHVY MP3
  • Run On Anything Strange Famous Records, 2006 Run On Anything at Discogs Run On Anything on iTunes
  • A Stretch of Presence Independently released, 1999 no ISBN


  • Henhouse: The International Book for Chickens and Their Lovers, Write Bloody Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978-1-938912-05-4
  • Gentleman Practice, Write Bloody Publishing, 2011 ISBN 978-1-935904-10-6
  • Live for a Living, Write Bloody Publishing, 2007 ISBN 978-0-9789989-5-0
  • Some They Can't Contain, The Wordsmith Press, 2004 ISBN 1-893972-16-X
  • Some They Can't Contain, Write Bloody Publishing, 2004


  • Elephant Engine High Dive Revival, Write Bloody Publishing, 2008
  • Junkyard Ghost Revival, Write Bloody Publishing, 2008
  • The Last American Valentine: Illustrated poems to seduce and destroy, Write Bloody Publishing, 2008
  • Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Sourcebook, Inc, 2008
  • Solomon Sparrow's Electric Whale Revival, Write Bloody Publishing, 2007
  • Freedom to Speak: The Best of the 2002 National Poetry Slam, The Wordsmith Press, 2003


  1. ^ Poetry Slam Inc Website Announce of Wakefield's Repeat iWPS Championship Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Artist Interview with Buddy Wakefield: Fine Line Magazine
  3. ^ a b "The Energy Engine of Buddy Wakefield: Arguably the Most Successful Spoken Word Poet on the Road" by Suzy La Follette, The Splinter Generation
  4. ^ Official Buddy Wakefield Biographypermanent dead link
  5. ^ Individual World Poetry Slam
  6. ^ a b "Used Furniture Review: Interview with Buddy Wakefield"
  7. ^ Poetry Revival Tour Website
  8. ^ Wakefield Interview with The Southeast Review Archived July 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Write Bloody Publishing website
  10. ^ Three tracks from Run on Anything published in The Pedestal Magazine Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Page on Righteous Babe Records website Archived November 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe 2008 Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam Soft Skull Press Page 354 ISBN 1-933368-82-9

External linksedit

  • Buddy Wakefield's Official Site
  • Wakefield's Page on Righteous Babe Records website
  • Audio of Wakefield's Poetry, as heard on Indiefeed Performance Poetry Podcast
  • Poem: Information Man
  • Poem: Human The Death Dance
  • Preview for "The Drums Inside Your Chest" Poetry Concert Film featuring Wakefield
  • Buddy Wakefield's Twitter Profile

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