Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Special Interest: Youth panels @ Split This Rock 2014

To help you plan your festival schedule, we broke down panels, workshops, and group readings by special interest. Check out those dealing with youth below!


    Thursday 3/27:

11:30am-1pm – Human Rights Campaign, Rm 105A
Engaging Youth with Slam & Spoken Word Poetry
Jonathan B. Tucker, Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo

As performance poetry and slam competition grow in popularity, many organizations are using the energetic and entertaining format of slam to engage, inspire, and motivate young students. In this interactive workshop, Split This Rock’s award-winning youth workers will discuss the benefits and challenges of slam poetry programs and facilitate dialogue among participants about best practices and how to reach and motivate more students using poetry.

                   4-5:30 – Charles Sumner School, Rm 300
Disturbing the Piece: A Dialogue on Activism & Art with Young Splitistas
Jonathan B. Tucker, members of the DC Youth Slam Team

Young people have often led the way for major social movements, in the U.S. and abroad. This discussion will bring together young poets and activists for a facilitated dialogue about the current state of youth activism as it relates to our art. Adults (anyone over 20) are welcome to witness, but will not be allowed to speak. Using the fishbowl style, the young people will sit in the center of the circle and the adults will sit outside, while the conversation is guided by DC Youth Slam Team coach and Split This Rock youth programs coordinator, Jonathan B. Tucker.

Friday 3/28:
                   4-5:30pm – Human Rights Campaign, Rm105A
Fly Language: A Writing Workshop Led by the DC Youth Slam Team

Teenage poets from Split This Rock’s award-winning DC Youth Slam Team lead this writing workshop for all ages. These young poets will impress and inspire you. Come ready to write and share and have fun.

Saturday 3/29:
2-3:30pm – Beacon Hotel, Beacon Room
Spit Dat: A Youth Open Mic

Young poets (20 and under) are invited to share their poetry in a lively and supportive atmosphere. Hosted by Dwayne B., “The Crochet Kingpin,” co-host of DC’s longest-running open mic, the Legendary Spit Dat, this open mic will feature the teens of the 2013 DC Youth Slam Team, ranked 2nd-in-the-nation after their performance at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Co-hosted by featured poet Gayle Danley!

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