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About the Event
SPOKEN WORD AND YOUTH POETRY SLAM 101
Since the mid 1990's the performance poetry world has been paying serious attention to the voices of young people through spoken word and youth poetry slam! From Brave New Voices to Louder than a Bomb Festivals, youth are taking charge of their narratives and building communities that build beyond stanzas. Spend some time breaking down lists to generate writing, discussing contemporary poetry, share and (gulp) performing your work out loud! No matter your level of experience, we encourage all to get super loud in telling your story!
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.
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.