An Exploration of Spoken Word Poetry Communities, Digital Media, and Inclusion
Erica is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. She is interested in studying contemporary spoken word poetry communities, their use of digital media and the perception of inclusion within them.
Prior to joining Loughborough University London, Erica completed her MA in Cities and Cultures at Queen Mary University of London and a BA in Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London
PhD research description
Erica's research explores contemporary spoken word poetry communities in London. Focusing on the London open-mic scene, this research examines the structure of these communities, the inclusivity of them and the role digital media plays. Using an ethnographic approach Erica seeks to understand how spoken word poetry communities are formed through offline events and social media platforms and examines if these are inclusive spaces. This PhD is fully funded by Techne, an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.