Oral presentation has always been part of history and tradition. The poetry slam takes this idea further—adds score cards and judges, audience participation and support, cheers and guffaws. What better way to enjoy an evening with wine…
Our first Poetry Slam was such a success, we are having another!!! For those of you unfamiliar with Poetry Slams, they are a blast! I attended my first Poetry Slam in NYC, never having even heard of a Poetry Slam, I expected a kind of dull evening...boy was I wrong. This is a fun and exciting way to hear talented poets perform their poems.
We are honored to have Elizabeth Thomas as our host. Elizabeth is a widely published poet, performer, advocate of the arts and teacher. The author of two previous poetry collections, she has read her work throughout the United States and has been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams. As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth Thomas is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry, a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.
Elizabeth will be joined by a cast of poets who will read their works... think performance art! Don Lowe, will be providing music...if you have never heard the hilarious, incisive, poetic, poignant songs of CT's favorite Midwestern transplant Don Lowe, you are in for a real treat. Don is a Westconn faculty member, poet, and musician and we are honored to have him at this event.