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GPB Hosts Spoken Word Workshop And Poetry Slam For Teens

Referred to as a “redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before and inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. From 1-4 pm on February 18, 2017, Georgia Public Broadcasting is pleased to partner with VOX Teen Communications and the Alliance Theatre for a And Still I Rise Spoken Word Workshop and Poetry Slam for teens in celebration of Dr. Angelou’s legacy.
Spoken Word Workshop (1:00-2:45)
With the And Still I Rise project, we invite teens from Metro Atlanta to participate in free Spoken Word Workshop sessions with Theresa Davis and Dr. Bettina Love. Participants will have the choice to work with one or both of the clinicians in sessions focused on writing and performing. Bring a piece that you’re ready to workshop or something that you still want to polish! Free lunch will be provided.
Poetry Slam (3:00-5:00)
Teens (13-19) are invited to participate in a 2-round performance poetry slam. The Slam will be limited to 12 people, and sign-up will be open at 2:45pm. Adults are welcome to attend as guests, but performance will be limited for teens only. All teens in attendance are eligible to win cool door prizes, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner of the Slam will each be awarded a prize as well.
Teens are invited to come for either or both afternoon sessions. And Still I Rise Spoken Word Workshop and Poetry Slam for Teens will launch the 2017 Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate program. The Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity and education across Atlanta. WIN A BOOK DEAL TO PUBLISH YOUR FIRST BOOK, PERFORM & TOUR THE CITY!
Click here to register for the event. 
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
The Spoken Word Workshop and Poetry Slam are intended for teens (13-19). Adults are welcome to attend the Slam, but will not be permitted to participate in the Slam. Every participating teen must have completed a 2017 Atlanta Word Works Participation Form online here. Teens under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
GPB offers free onsite parking. Driving directions may be found online here. GPB is a 15-minute walk (0.7 miles) from the Arts Center MARTA Transit Center.
What can I bring into the event?
Slam participants should have two pieces prepared.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call 404-685-2488 or email Emmalee Hackshaw: 
Mary Anne Lane

Mary Anne serves as the Education Project Manager at GPB, where she develops digital content and resources for educators and students. A native Georgian, Mary Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia earning her Bachelor of... more