Spoken Word: Poetry 

Moving ForWords Productions


Jeanette Beebe Poetry Reading Java Joes Des Moines Iowa

At age 15, Jeanette founded Moving ForWords Productions (2003 - 2011), which was inspired by the poetry slam community in Des Moines, Iowa. As a spoken word arts organization, Moving ForWords' mission was to use art to open up conversations about gender and culture, both on and off the stage. 

With the help of a Kinko's copier and an unhealthy amount of glue, Jeanette self-published 4 poetry chapbooksWry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), and Double Digits on Luin (2007).

As a freshman at Princeton University, Jeanette was selected to participate in V-Day's 2006 activist workshop at Tulane University, which benefited the New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse (NORAA). Jeanette organized and directed a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Princeton University that raised $3000 for WomanSpace, a domestic abuse shelter in Trenton, New Jersey.

Through Moving ForWords, Jeanette co-published, contributed to, and edited Princeton University's Prism Magazine, the Des Moines Poetry Slam's Circus Diem zine, and Ames Artspace's Second Run literary journal. Ames Artspace, a performance venue and studio, was founded by Professor Jim Coppoc at Iowa State University. 

As a teen, she hopped on the Midwest poetry slam circuit: she's shared the stage with "Slam Papi" Marc Kelly Smith (in Chicago) Mighty Mike McGee (in Omaha), Big Poppa E (in Des Moines), E.G. Bailey (in Minneapolis), and Shane Koyczan (in Des Moines).

At Moving ForWords, Jeanette worked with the Minnesota Spoken Word Association and the Juno Collective to form "Teens Rock the Mic", an outgrowth of the Youth Speaks network. As a member of the inaugural Minneapolis team (out of 600 auditioning poets), she helped raise $8,000 to compete in the 2005 International Youth Poetry Slam Championships in San Francisco. "Teens Rock the Mic" raised $20,000 to launch and sustain "Quest for the Voice", a Minneapolis youth spoken word poetry circuit. "Quest for the Voice" (now "Be Heard MN") was designed to build on the "Teens Rock the Mic" tradition: that is, to select a 6-poet Twin Cities team to participate in the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Festival, which attracts over 500 teen poets each year for a week of workshops, program development, and community building. 

Jeanette Beebe Prism Magazine

"Bright, smooth, woah." — Marc 'So What' Smith, Founder of the Poetry Slam (Green Mill Bar, Chicago)

"Sparkling." — Diablo Cody, Minneapolis City Pages

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