I went to a poetry reading/slam/community on campus last night with a couple of classmates and was so pleased with what I experienced there. In addition to the two professional guests I mention below, we had some students and local church members get up and spit their rhymes. Powerful powerful stuff.
John Goode is real and hilarious and I swear he and I must have grown up with the same mother!
Sunni Patterson is a mystic with a sense of lyricism and rhythm that nearly blew me away and made half of the audience secretly tear up. I am going to (safely and electronically-only) stalk her, I think.
If you're in the Dayton area tonight, I strongly suggest you check them out. Now it's off to the library and amazon.com to see if I can find their stuff, especially Sunni's.