I’m excited to announce that a project I’ve been working on, called SLAM! will be hitting the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival this summer! Gathering up a troupe of 8 amazing poets and one fantastic host, we’ll be showing the theatre crowd what slam poetry is all about in a full-on tournament!
Stay tuned to the SLAM! production website as we’ll be featuring bios and links for each troupe member and posting scores and rankings as the tournament progresses to the grand final!
The 2017/2018 school year is still a ways off, but the new Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools Directory is out now! I’m going in for my second year of residencies, working with middle and senior years classes in developing creative communication skills and confident self-expression through spoken word and slam poetry.
The last of my residencies in my first year is about to wrap up, and I’ve already logged quite a few hours building confidence in students’ abilities to construct thought-provoking pieces that touch on personal narrative, cultural awareness, and social justice issues along the way. Also, chapbooks, puppet shows, and classroom open mics!
Visit the Artists in the Schools page to see how the program works, and find me in the downloadable directory (.pdf). Also feel free to navigate over to my For Teachers page to have a look at some lesson plan ideas.
January was a heck of a month! I traveled to Saskatoon to feature in one of my favourite communities (Tonight it’s Poetry!), and had it covered with a travel grant from the Manitoba Arts Council. Later that week, I came in first at the slam here in town, and followed that up with an Artists in the Schools residency at Montrose School, teaching spoken word and public speaking to grade 5/6’s.
Thank you so much to the community organizers, arts admins, teachers and friends who offer me these opportunities to share my work and otherwise live the dream! Please visit the links to learn more about community events and professional opportunities.
This month in town, I’ll be hosting the WPS February slam on the 15th with my birthday-brother Matt Moskal, and visiting H.G. Izatt school with a new lesson plan that incorporates spoken word with chapbooking and puppeteering. The wacky odyssey continues!
Photo credit: Sean Guezen.