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This one caught my eye. I have trouble with the spoken word but only because I can’t remember all the words in the poem, so I try to read with passion when I do readings. But I think I would like to attend this on, just for the interest.

Sunday – July 18, 2:00 – 5:00

This workshop is for people who have something to say, and who enjoy both writing and performing. Spoken word is a lively combination of rap and rant, poetry, and manifesto, often mixed with social commentary.
Join acclaimed spoken word artist and author Jillian Christmas in a lively session that teaches spoken word poetry through word play exercises and creative development in rhythm and rhyme.
“When I teach workshops, I work on connecting and reminding youth and adults alike that their voices have value, power and are absolutely necessary. I hope that my classes bring people closer to themselves and each other.” Jillian Christmas
Jillian Christmas is a queer, afro-caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam people, where she served for 6 years as Artistic Director of Vers∃s Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry-Slam Championship titles and represented Toronto and Vancouver at 11 national poetry festivals. Jillian’s work has been featured in numerous online publications and published most recently in Matrix New Queer Wriing, Plenitude Magazine, Room Magazine, and in the celebrated anthology The Great Black North. Jillian has developed and executed many programs in festivals and universities, and has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues, as well as taking part in numerous panels focused on the intersection of critical race theory and contemporary art.

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