Performance Poetry 101: Spoken Word – Fall 2022

Over six weeks, students will develop their own voices and the most powerful ways to express them to an audience. Each class will be broken up into three segments. We’ll begin with a video portion that will be used to present examples ranging from poet readings to more performance-based work (such as the Last Poets and contemporary slam poetry). A writing component will be used to develop poetry that is meant to be heard. Each class finishes with time set aside for performance and getting comfortable in front of a microphone.

Affrilachian Poet and Kentucky Colonel JC McPherson has published more than four collections of poetry. He helps coordinate the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative.

This class is suitable for all levels.

Cancellation Policy:

The Carnegie Center reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment is not met. It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and to ensure the class does not get cancelled. We evaluate registration numbers between 6 and 2 business days before a class starts to decide whether we can hold the class. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be cancelled a minimum of two business days prior to the first class meeting. All participants will be notified by email and will receive full refunds.

Start Date
Wednesday, September 21st
Meets Wednesdays
September 21st - November 2nd
5:45pm - 7:15pm

JC McPherson

Carnegie Center
251 West Second St.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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