Toronto Poetry Project presents its next workshop in its ongoing poetry workshop series, in an effort to make us better poets...
PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP
w/ REGIE CABICO from Washington!
Thursday Aug. 22
Q Space, 382 College
7pm doors 730pm start
How do we make performance choices that heighten the poem's life? How do we "live" the poem and not simply "read" the poem? A slam text is your show stopper, your three minute solo play. We will explore the vocal & physical techniques for audiences to "see" the poem. From the professional slammer to the virginal journal poet, we will stretch your interpretation of your over-performed texts, and we will prepare you to kick your verses in the squint of the spotlight in a nurturing environment. We will also generate new poems by writing together as attention will also be given to the page i.e. language, imagery and craft.
Bring a poem, no more than a page long, comfortable shoes & clothes, your body and a packet of your emotional colors.
All levels. Ages 17 to adult.
REGIE CABICO is a former Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion. He is a 3 time National Poetry Slam Finalist and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and Spoken Word Revolution. BUST magazine named him in the 100 Men We Love. He is the recipient of literary fellowships from The DC Commission for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers- past recipients include Amy Tan, Stephen King, Arthur Miller & Edward Albee. He has toured with Smashing Pumpkins, The Beastie Boys, Sister Spit and shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Stanley Tucci, Lupe Fiasco, Michael Ealy, Mos Def & Natalie Merchant, among others. He has taught at Banff's Spoken Word Program, Kundiman & former NYU Asian Pacific American Studies Artist in Residence. His plays have been presented at The Humana Theater Festival, Kennedy Center Play Lab, The Asian American Theater Festival, Howl Festival & Contact Theater in Manchester, England. He is director of CAPTURING FIRE: A NATIONAL QUEER SPOKEN WORD SLAM and resides in Washington, DC.