Alix Olsonand friends perform from WORD WARRIORS: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. New forms of expression are often male dominated as they fight to become accepted - think of the jazz community and Bessie Smith. As a burgeoning contemporary medium the same holds true for spoken word poetry. In recent years, however, women artists have become some of the most popular voices on the scene. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the surge of bold feminist movements created a group of women changing the perception of the typical performance poet. Editor Alix Olson documents the most prominent women oral poets working professionally today, including Patricia smith and Eileen Myles. Other notable wordsmiths, Sarah Jones and Michelle Tea, offer their thoughts on class, sexual politics, and breaking into the mainstream. All the contributors provide a new composition, a well-known spoken word piece and an original essay about a pivotal moment or experience within her career. Since wining the 1998 National Poetry Slam and the OutWrite LGBT Slam in 1999, Alix Olson has co-authored Burning Down the House, published two books of poetry, and produced two spoken word CDs and the documentary Left Lane: On the Road with Alix Olson. Olson has headlined HBO's Def Comedy Jam; her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out, The Progressive Girlfriends, The Advocate, OUT, Poets and Writers, and more.