The word is good: great spots in DC for the spoken word

Whether it's slam poetry, humorous storytelling or dramatic monologues, spoken word performances are an exciting form of art. They can make audience members bob their heads in rhythm, roll in the aisles with laughter and keep them riveted to their seats with rapt attention - sometimes all in the same show. People who buy one of the houses for sale in Washington, DC, and enjoy a captivating verbal show are in luck, because the District is home to several first-rate venues.

At this cozy theater at 2639 15th Street NW, guests are given access to a wide range of autobiographical storytelling performances. Furthermore, the inclusive and active community makes it easy to go from patron to performer. Plus, with classes and workshops, it's a great way to improve your technique and hone your chops as an engrossing raconteur.

Takoma Station Tavern
This bar and performance venue runs the gamut from live jazz to inviting poetry slams. The trendy spot can be found at 6914 4th Street and has a full bar and menu that caters to a crowd interested in chasing their shots with a shooter of jazzy verse and toe-tapping tunes.