Slam poet Maggie Estep has died. She was 50 years old. According to a report in The New York Times, Estep died of a heart attack.
Estep was the author of seven books: Diary of an Emotional Idiot; Soft Maniacs; Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals; Hex; Gargantuan; Flamethrower; and Alice Fantastic. She also recorded two spoken word CDs: No More Mr. Nice Girl and Love is a Dog From Hell.
Estep has also given readings of her work at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as on The Charlie Rose Show, MTV, PBS, and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” According to her website, she was working on The Story of Giants when she passed away.