Find Your Voice Though Slam Poetry

What does it mean to "find your voice"? For some folks, it means literally becoming more comfortable with using your voice and speaking out loud - maybe in front of other people. For other folks it means learning how to creatively express - through words, movement, or art - how you feel and what is important to you.

Have you ever wanted to find your voice? Write poetry? Perform in front of an audience? Slam poets do all three of these things.

At this experience you'll meet Christine, a talented slam poet who shares her own work on stage at the Van City Slam. She's passionate about helping other people translate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences into poetry. You'll learn how she's become a slam poet and actress.

If you have ever felt stage fright, this is a perfect place to start! Christine is awesome at helping people get comfortable about finding and using their voices.

To explore this experience together, we can...: Watch videos of different poets performing their writing, see how slam poets move their bodies, and listen to Christine perform some of her own poetry.
-: Try writing your own poetry and experiment with reading it aloud. Practice different voices you can use to communicate emotion.
-: There are loads of different types of voices and styles in poetry. Here's a little secret: there aren't a lot of rules in slam poetry! Christine will share how she engages her best creative mind to get writing .
-: To get inspired for your poetry, we can watch people during a quick walk around the block or inside the cafe.
How many Kudoers could come at once?: 1 person at one time
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This happens: at a local spot (cafe, pub, library, etc)
Getting here: What you need to know.
You can get to the experience location (a local cafe) by skytrain. The closest station is Stadium. It takes most people about 7 minutes to get from the skytrain to the cafe. There are sidewalks with ramped curbs all the way between the station and the cafe. There are a couple of busy intersections to cross along the way, and there are traffic lights with walk signals at these intersections. There is a bit of a hill to get from the cafe back up to the skytrain station.

You can also get there by bus - the 004, 007, 019, 022, 095, 209, 210, 211, 214 or N19 all stop nearby. Depending on which way you arrive from, there may be some busy intersections to cross. There are traffic lights with walk signals at all of the intersections in this neighborhood. It takes about 5 minutes to get there from these bus stops.

Nearest skytrain station: Vancouver - Stadium–Chinatown
Skytrain meetup: Maybe: check with me
Should I bring money: Yes, if you would like a coffee or a snack.
What else should I bring: Remember to bring your phone!
When you book it, the Host will need to know: Have you ever tried slam poetry before? How do you feel about writing?
Afterwards, you could go to: You could try going a writing group or the library.
Afterwards, you could attend: Vancouver Slam Poetry has an event every monday night at Cafe Deux Soliels
Afterwards, you could watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuzKs6-vrtnTPHacAP5ywZQ
Reflection Questions
Have you tried writing anything else? What do you think your voice sounds like?

Tags: Slam poetry, poetry, slam, music, song, voice, writing, creative, creative writing, vancouver, performance, theatre, stage, anxiety
Listing created 14 Mar 2017