Ego Tripping & The Marvelous “I”: An Introduction to Performance Slam Poetry

Ego Tripping & The Marvelous “I”: An Introduction to Performance Slam Poetry

In these spoken word performance workshops, participants will use “imagery” to create a poems that incorporate pop culture & autobiography to celebrate “who we are” by exploring our dreams and our most fanciful urges. We will combine outrageous lies into hyperbole and use sense memory and experimental word play to invigorate our language. We will look at the poem as one explosive haiku and use the things that “bring us joy” & our “pet peeves” to propel us into performance. We will unlock the basic elements of poetry slam performance: vocal, physical gesture & eye contact—demystifying the page from the stage. This is a chance for jazz poetry slam participants to rehearse their poems and generate material.

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Artist Background

Regie Cabico is a pioneer of spoken word poetry having won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. He is one of the few educators who incorporates high energy improvisation to inspire deeply personal poems full of imagery and sensory detail. He has appeared on NPR’s Snap Judgement, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and TEDx Talk. He received the 2006 Poets & Writers Award for his work teaching youth at Bellevue Hospital. He is on the teaching artist roster for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts & Humanities & The DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities.

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