Calling all poets, ages 18 & up
fridays, OCTOBER 2,9,16,& 23
6:00-8:00 PM Live & on Zoom FREE
This session is full
Learn from an all-Black collective of champion poet performers!
This workshop series is designed to empower, educate, and inspire writers and poets interested in learning or strengthening their skills in the radical art of spoken word poetry and performance. Through a variety of approaches, we will demystify what it means to be a writer and reinforce the interconnectedness of a writer’s choices when crafting a poetry performance.
Work closely with prominent poet performers.
Discover how to shape a poem -- breath by intentional breath.
Watch, listen, and learn from contemporary slam winners and finalists.
Workshop and rehearse their poetry.
Study the connections between sound devices and literary techniques.
Gain an understanding of their own writing as a social and interconnected dynamic artform.
Perform their spoken word poetry in a virtual poetry slam on Halloween!
Friday Oct 2
SLAM 101: The Power of Language
Instructor: Lance G. Newman II
Poets are introduced to what spoken word is and what poetry can do. We explore the ways in which different communities use creativity and innovation for social progress, and discover what art has been formed out of oppression and necessity. Writers begin to identify and describe slam performances by their poetic devices and crafted language choices.
Friday Oct 9
Begin to Shape + Look for Patterns [Line, Breath, and Vision]
Instructor: Shasparay Lighteard
In this workshop, writers learn to shape their poems, moving from their generative free writing to a more crafted work of art. We learn how to shape a poem, line by line, breath by intentional breath.
Friday Oct 16
Intentional Craft + Patterns [Sound, Imagery, and Description]
Instructor: Nelly Jay
Poets discuss and discover the interconnectedness of sound(s) and image(s). We learn how to employ various poetic devices (such as imagery, alliteration, allusion, hyperbole, and more) to strengthen the lyrical quality of our poems and poetry performances.
Friday Oct 23
Performance [Grounding, Breath, and the Body]
Instructor: Radi Shaw
Poets explore how words are enhanced by embodied performance and movement. Everything connects to how we present on stage. Our images and sounds can also reflect, echo, and mirror in our rhythm, tone, and body.
Friday Oct 31
Host: Lance G. Newman II