Raise Your Voice: Spoken Word Poetry – MEETS SEPT 25, OCT 2 & 9 (2:00-3:30 EDT)
“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” said John F. Kennedy in a eulogy to the poet Robert Frost in 1963. Throughout history as much as today, spoken word and slam poetry have provided platforms for writers, creators, advocates, and activists to speak out about issues that matter to them. Raise your voice and connect your poetry to the world through this interactive spoken word poetry workshop taught by a leading spoken word artist Phil Kaye.
Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet. His work has been featured in settings ranging from The New Yorker to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in twenty countries and was invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. He also joined the Write the World community for a virtual performance and Q&A in April 2021!
A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). Phil, a Brown University graduate, is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and his book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.
Faizah Aziz Aditya hails from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is passionate about writing, literature and education. Her poems and essays have appeared in Lamp Anthology, The Daily Star, and Dhaka Tribune newspapers, and Active Muse, Double Speaks, and Urbane Verse, and The Uyir Magazine. After completing her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Asian University for Women, she has taught creative and academic English to high school and college students, and adult learners across a range of settings. Currently, she is pursuing her Master in Adult Education for Social Change (IMAESC) at the University of Glasgow as part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree (EMJMD) Programme. Faizah has always felt at home with words and teaching, therefore, she is thrilled to be joining the Write the World community, and to collaborate and learn alongside the talented emerging writers of the world.
During workshop sessions, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your poetry skills.
Between workshop sessions, you may be asked to work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert reviews, at your own pace, for approximately 1-2 hours, depending on your facilitator’s workshop plan. You will also receive individualized feedback that will strengthen your poetry.
*Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).
About Write the World’s Poetry Program:
Write the World’s 2021 Virtual Poetry Workshops invite writers ages 13-19 to connect across continents, level up their craft, and learn from celebrated and caring authors through a variety of poetic genres.
Throughout 2021, join peers from over 100 countries as you pour your voice and vision into poetry with the help of esteemed poets and educators through Write the World’s Global Writing Workshops. The four distinct Workshop offerings will each take place over the course of three to four 90-minute live Saturday sessions, inviting you to find, raise, use, and share your voice as you explore a variety of genres. All Workshops focus on the art and utility of poetry, and how we can use our writing to advocate, mobilize, unify, resist, connect, and work together to create the world we imagine. Writers of all levels and experiences are welcome.
We are pleased to announce that participants in our poetry offerings will be eligible for a chance to perform their work at a celebratory virtual reading hosted by the acclaimed Smith College Boutelle-Day Poetry Center in January, 2022.
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