Rhythmicity: Poetry Workshop
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About the Event
This event will take place through Zoom and will not be streamed anywhere else! A ticket purchase guarantees access to this event. The day of the show, ticket holders will receive an email with the meeting’s information and directions regarding how to access it.
This poetry workshop is dedicated to honoring the queen of neo-soul, Badulla Oblongata a.k.a Sara Bellum, most known as Erykah Badu! Her deep love for music can inspire us all as we work to cultivate beauty & peace within our homes. We're having poetic conversations with the songs, albums, & events that have spoken to us in ways we shouldn't forget. When's the last time you became one with music? We're giving extra love to one of the many exemplary black women who continue to speak freely & nurture the world. Blankets & warm beverages are highly recommended! <3
Andrine Bell is a spoken word artist & community organizer from MA. Her poetry focuses on anything she needs to heal from at that moment, using the stories and lessons that her loved ones have gifted her to survive herself & others. To her, performance art is a way of practicing the vulnerability she wishes to carry in her everyday life. Love is her favorite word and food. Link to poem "Knives"
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Rush Frazier (they/them) is a grassroots political organizer, artist, herbalist, and poet based in Worcester, MA. They are president of Worcester Pride Remix and just recently received a Key to the City of Worcester for their work on the Black Lives Matter Mural. They have been organizing workshops and open mics throughout the East Coast for twenty years, and has been a member of two National Poetry Slam Teams. They are a recent recipient of Safe Homes’ People of Courage Social Justice and Advocacy and Action Award.
Alex Charalambides (he/him) is a 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Grant Recipient. He is a first generation American born son of Greek Refugees who fled Communist Dictatorship Romania. Raised in Worcester Massachusetts, he is a Boston College Graduate who began performing poetry in the fall of 2000. He’s the first poet to represent poetry slam teams from Worcester, Boston & Providence at the annual National Poetry Slam, ranking as high as 5th in the team competition (2003). Alex currently works as a teaching artist, performer and Executive Director for Mass LEAP, a 501(c)3 Organization that coordinates the annual Wicked Loud Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This work was inspired and informed by his time as founder & director of Speakout! Poetry Collective, a group responsible for mentoring teen poets at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, coaching & chaperoning Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Teams from 2004 to 2011. He’s appeared as a poetry mentor for the PBS kids series “Fetch,” fronted a musical fusion band called Skint, toured North America for 6 months in 2005/2006 in support of his album, “I am B.” He’s been a featured artist on WBUR’s Radio OpenSource as well as IndieFeed Performance Poetry & SpokenHeard Podcasts. He continues to host, facilitate workshops, organize & perform at countless events from libraries to rock clubs throughout New England.