Find Your Voice Through Slam Poetry

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 Vancouver Poetry Slam. She's passionate about helping other people translate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences into poetry.

There are a few different levels in this experience. You have the option of doing level 1 or level 2.0 first, depending on what you're interested in.

If you're interested in level 2 or 2.5, please select a time slot on Tuesday.

If you're interested in level 1 or 3, please select a time slot on Monday.

LEVEL 1 - ATTEND THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

Started in 1996, this is Canada's longest running poetry slam. Christine will introduce you to all the volunteers who make this event possible. The event is split into three sections. An open mic, the feature (an established poet shares a 20 minute set. This is always fantastic!) and the SLAM (12 poets compete for points). Christine will walk you through how this event works, and answer any questions.

Remember: You will need to be quiet while the poets are on stage. If something resonates, you can snap your fingers to show your support.

The poetry slam is every Monday night. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets to get in are $6-$10 sliding slam.

**If you are UNDER 19, then ask her about the Youth slam. Every 3rd Monday of the month. She'll take you that one instead.

LEVEL 2.0 - WRITE YOUR OWN POEM

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.

At this experience you'll play with metaphor, simile, your imagination, and rhyme to construct your own poem. Christine will also collaborate with you to create a question and answer poem that includes both your voices, in response to other.

LEVEL 2.5 - REHEARSAL - GET YOUR POEM PERFORMANCE READY

Excited about your poem, and want to get it in front of an audience? We'll rent a room at the library and work on some performance techniques. If you get stage fright, we can also talk and experiment with some different ways of calming your nerves.

LEVEL 3 - PERFORMANCE

Psyched and ready to perform your poem? Christine will join you once again at the poetry slam where you can put your name down for the open mic. If you decide to do the joint piece with Christine, she'll join you on stage.

The stage has a ramp and is wheel chair accessible.

Regardless of if you do a joint poem or solo piece, Christine will be there to support you every step of the way.

*If you're feeling brave, you could also sign up for the poetry slam. Ask Christine about this option and what it involves. The joint piece cannot be done for the slam part of the evening.

This experience is open to...:
Kudoers only
Kudoers and hosts
To explore this experience together, we can...: Attend a poetry slam together, write a poem, get you ready to perform your writing in front of an audience
-: 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 . She'll also share some performance techniques and how to deal with nervous (everyone gets nervous).
-: We can go to the poetry slam, to a cafe to write, or to a community centre to rehearse.
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 Commercial. It takes most people about 7 minutes to get from the skytrain to the cafe.

You can also get there by bus - the 99 B Line, 009, 020. 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 - Commercial–Broadway
Skytrain meetup: Maybe: check with me
Should I bring money: Yes, if you would like a coffee or a snack. If you are doing Level 1 or 3, you will also need to buy your ticket to the slam. It's $6-$10 sliding scale.
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 find a writing group to practice and share your work with.
Afterwards, you could attend: Vancouver Slam Poetry at Cafe Deux Soleil on your own. UBC also has a biweekly poetry slam, at 7pm every second Wednesday at Benny’s Bagels on West Broadway.
Afterwards, you could watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuzKs6-vrtnTPHacAP5ywZQ
Reflection Questions
Do you think you'd find speaking on a stage exciting? Why or why not?

What kind of poetry do you feel drawn to explore further? Funny, sad, reflective, angry? Rhyming and rant based, or more like a story?

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