Sign Up for Student Day of Poetry Now

The following is from Amanda Torres, the Mass Poetry dynamo who is organizing student events.

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You will not want to miss bringing your class to the Student Day of Poetry this May 2nd. MassPoetryLogo-WEB-Color

This year’s Student Day of Poetry offers a chance for students to workshop with some of Massachusetts’ best poets, see performances by amazing national poets, and meet other students from across the Commonwealth. It’s an incredible opportunity for your students to engage with poetry!

Who should attend? We have designed a program for all levels. This day is perfect for a wide variety of students. Those students who just participated in Poetry Out Loud will get a chance to write their own original work. Students who like hip hop and rap, but think they don’t like poetry, will see the connections between the art forms and get excited. Experienced “poetry club” students will have a chance to take part in advanced workshops. From Spoken Word to Syncopated Sonnets, there will be something for everyone.
Our incredible headline performers include:

Tyehimba JessTyehimba Jess
The Poetry Foundations describes Tyehimba Jess as “the rare poet who bridges slam and academic poetry.” His first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. His numerous awards include a Whiting Award, fellowships from the NEA, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Illinois Arts Council; the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He holds degrees from New York University and the University of Chicago. A native of Detroit, Jess is also a proud alumnus of the Chicago Green Mill Slam teams and Cave Canem. His first non-fiction book, African American Pride: Celebrating our Achievements, Contributions, and Legacy, was published by Citadel Press in 2003. He teaches at CUNY College of Staten Island.

Aaron SamuelsAaron Samuels
Aaron Samuels is a  young voice winning critical acclaim. Raised in a Black-Jewish household in Providence Rhode Island, Samuels is an award-winning poet, educator, and community organizer. Aaron has competed on performance poetry teams for the last six years, consistently ranking among the top poets in the youth, collegiate, and national competitions. He has served as a coach for the Providence, Washington DC, and Boston Youth Poetry teams. Aaron was the founder and coach for the Washington University collegiate and adult teams. As an educator, Aaron stresses the urgency for cross-cultural dialogue, teaching writing workshops to middle schools, high schools, college students, and community organizations across the country.

When: Thursday, May 2nd (8:00am – 2:30pm)
Where: The campus of Salem State University
Cost: $50 per school*
*This fee is not designed to be an obstacle, so please talk with us if it is a barrier for your school’s participation.
The program: Poetry Workshops, Performances and a Student Open Mic (plus an optional PD program for teachers)

Register now by clicking here!

And don’t forget . . .

Louder than a bomb logoThe second annual Louder than A Bomb Massachusetts teen spoken word festival is coming also in May. Last year, 16 teams inaugurated the festival. This year we expect at least 24 teams to participate. If your school wants to field a team please register online right away as there are limited spaces. We will provide more information about the festival as it grows nearer. We encourage all schools that think they may want to field a team in the future to bring students to watch the spoken word competition. Once your students see their peers in action, you will have a hard time keeping them from writing and sharing their own poems. When they do participate, you will see dramatic growth in both their literacy skills and performance skills. The time is now! Join the movement.

If you questions, please contact Amanda Torres at torres@masspoetry.org.