Marc Smith
Marc Smith Presents:
An Evening at the Green Mill

With host Marc Smith (pictured above) and featured poet Taylor Mali of NYC (pictured below).

Our original idea for this feature was to record Marc Smith, inventor of the poetry slam, doing his own dynamic, heartfelt poetry on a typical Sunday evening at the legendary Green Mill (Chicago, IL, USA) where he has been the most masterful of Master of Ceremonies for over a decade. We wanted to capture Marc's poetry but also to highlight his marvelous way of working with the crowd and poets throughout the evening. Once the mics were turned on, however, we decided to record the entire evening and give you a complete Sunday Evening at the Green Mill. So we let the tape roll and as a result you can listen to almost two and a half hours of poetry, including the open mic, featured poet Taylor Mali, and a 7-poet slam judged by 3 highly idiosyncratic judges whose qualifications, as Marc attests, are non-existent. The piano accompaniment, incidentally, was masterfully played by David Flippo.

Incidentally, Taylor Mali was a wonderful feature who truly blew the audience away and who you may recognize from his major role in the movie SlamNation.

It was also our good fortune that C. J. Laity of was there on the evening of May 6 and wrote a review which is posted on his website. To read his review and responses to it, see

Click here to stream the entire show.
Click here to stream just the open mic segment.
Click here to stream just the feature, Taylor Mali.
Click here to stream just the slam contest.

1. Peanuts by Marc SmithStream Download 
2. An Introduction to Slam (Marc)Stream Download 
3. Maria McCraeStream Download 
4. Two by Richard HanksStream Download 
5. Audrey GrahameStream Download 
6. Virgin DaveStream Download 
7. Beer Vendor BobStream Download 
8. Valentine from CameroonStream Download 
9. Mike KadelaStream Download 
10. Meta JonesStream Download 
11. Otis Takes Us to OzStream Download 
12. Schaumburg JeffStream Download 
13. Randy from BerwynStream Download 
14. Southdside JoeStream Download 
15. Miscellany (Marc)Stream Download 
16. Introducing Taylor MaliStream Download 
17. How Falling In Love is Like Owning a Dog (TM)Stream Download 
18. The Importance of Proofreading (TM)Stream Download 
19. Labeling Keys (TM)Stream Download 
20. The Quiet World as read by TMStream Download 
21. I Could Be a Poet (TM)Stream Download 
22. TM gives us a "Political Poem"Stream Download 
23. A Poem from the Like-Free Zone (TM)Stream Download 
24. TM On Making a DifferenceStream Download 
25. Marc at the Buckin' A CafeStream Download 
26. Marc Sings The Stupid SongStream Download 
27. Slam Rules and Regs (Marc)Stream Download 
28. Slammer Alan (round 1)Stream Download 
29. Slammer Patrick (round 1)Stream Download 
30. Slammer Shappy (round 1)Stream Download 
31. Slammer Maggie (round 1)Stream Download 
32. Slammer Timothy Cook (round 1)Stream Download 
33. Slammer Jerome (round 1)Stream Download 
34. Slammer Chris (round 1)Stream Download 
35. Slammer Timothy Cook (round 2)Stream Download 
36. Slammer Patrick (round 2)Stream Download 
37. Slammer Shappy (round 2)Stream Download 
38. Beckoning from the Bandwagon of Uncertainty (TM encore)Stream Download 
39. All Hell's Angels Want to Return to the Womb (TM encore)Stream Download 
40. Marc Smith Closes with a Sandburg PoemStream Download 

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Taylor Mali

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