The “Pune Poetry Slam” move­ment offi­cial­ly began at November of 2013, when a group of school stu­dents — inspired by west­ern poets like Phil Kaye, Sarah Kay and Anis Mojgani — decid­ed to start their own small slam ses­sions in the city. Ever since then, the Spoken Word cul­ture of Pune explod­ed city-wide, invit­ing poets of many ori­gins and pro­fes­sions, from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

I decid­ed to illus­trate some of these most reg­u­lar and amaz­ing poets of the year ’14 as a means to cel­e­brate their art.