This study examines spoken word poetry and poetry slam competitions in regards to utopianism, identity politics, and actions of healing. My research methodologies include performance art theory and emotional theories—all through an intertwined feminist lens. This study will explore how possible intersecting identities function in the poetry slam world and how those intersecting identities create differences in definitions of "utopia." Further, the role of "emotion" in the world of slam will also be examined, specifically from the perspective of interviewees/spoken word performers. The purpose of this study is to explore how identity influences success in competitive poetry and success in actions of healing for marginalized voices. A total of six previous members of the San Diego Slam Team (ranging from 2008-2012) were interviewed for this research. All subjects involved in this study play a role in my analyses of how competitors in slam poetry employ their own emotions, experiences, and identities in the context of slam competition strategy. The "declaration of self" is also an important concept. A reclamation of stories—especially women's stories—will help to give voice to marginalized experiences in slam poetry. It is my hope through these methods and methodologies that I will be able to shed light on how women (and other marginalized groups) use spoken word poetry as a vehicle for social change and self-healing.