When I Say Poetry You Say Rocks! Spoken Word Writer Residency

When I Say Poetry You Say Rocks! Spoken Word Writer Residency

This writer’s residency will give students a 5 part introduction to performance as poetry from 3 Time National Poetry Slam Champion, Regie Cabico. The 5 part workshops utilizes improvisation so students can generate images for the page. Mr. Cabico will create a safe space so students get to listen to each other’s work and celebrate the fierceness and courage of the poet. Students will look at narrative structure in our poetry so we can understand how to push our images into a clear beginning middle and end. The curriculum was developed from Mr. Cabico’s work at Bellevue Hospital which received the 2006 Barnes & Noble Awad from Poets & Writers.  Students will create their original poem as well as a group poem inspired by Tim Seibles’ poem, Renegades. Each workshop ends with an open mic of high energy hosted by the instructor that culminates with a poetry slam performance.  So clap and snap and cheer and bring a packet of all your emotional colors as students get to explore and find their authentic poetry voice.

To view an excerpt of this program visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbAHiHhgoOU&t=82s

Artist Background

Regie Cabico is a pioneer of spoken word having won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam & 3 National Poetry Slams. TV credits include HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TEDx Talk, NPR’s Snap Judgement. He’s an NYU Asian American Studies Artist-in-Residence & received the 2006 Barnes & Noble Award for his work teaching youth at Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric ward from 2001-2012. He’s on the teaching artist rosters for The Virginia Arts Commission & the Kennedy Center. Since 2015, Cabico was appointed master teaching artist at Story Tapestries where he led residencies in West Virginia, Maryland & DC. In 2019, Cabico presented his workshops for autistic students at the Department of Education in conjunction with The Kennedy Center & was short listed for Washington DC’s Poet Laureate and presented workshops.

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