The WordXWord Youth Poetry Festival
May 5 & 6, 2018, Pittsfield, Massachusetts


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Guest workshop facilitators: D. Colin and Liv McKee

Outspoken Youth Poetry Festival

Preregistration (free!) required. See full schedule below. Go here to register to participate in one or more event/workshop.

Saturday, May 5

11A - Arrival / Check In
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave

11:15A - Workshop with D. Colin
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave
Winner of the second annual WordXWord Invitational Poetry Slam, D. Colin is a writer, performer, visual artist and educator. She is the author of Dreaming in Kreyol, a collection of poems and prose paying homage to her Haitian heritage and history. She is currently working on her second collection, Window Seat & Chalklines to be released Spring 2018.

12:45P - Lunch Break
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave

1:30P - Rephrasing Our World Workshop
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave
Putting our words into action to create the world we want to live in.

3:00P - Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave
Open To The Public

4:45P - Wrap Up / Pickup

Sunday, May 6

11A - Arrival / Check In
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave

11:15A - Workshop with Olivia McKee
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave
Winner of the first annual WordXWord Invitational Poetry Slam, Liv is a spoken word artist and slam poet, dancer, musician, farmer, and activist. Her poetry touches on topics of healing self and community, dismantling white supremacist heteropatriarchy, the immaculate beauty of landscape, and radical self love.

12:45P - Lunch Break
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave

1:30P - Voiced Together/Group Piece Workshop
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Group pieces are the best!

3:00P - Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Open To The Public

4:45P - Wrap Up / Pickup


+ What is Poetry Slam Team?

Outspoken inspires and fosters creativity, collaboration, teamwork and empowerment and provides a shared, supportive, safe space to explore identity, life’s challenges, differences and common experiences, culture, society and the world around us. WordXWord is committed to changing lives by giving voice and audience to the real truths of diverse individuals. We all have something to learn and something to teach.

Outspoken Sponsors

Housatonic Heritage Greylock Federal Credit Union

WordXWord

WordXWord is a week-long spoken word/poetry festival held each August in the Upstreet Cultural District of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The festival creates a transient community of visiting, nationally recognized spoken word artists; local poets; and enthusiastic audiences in celebration of diversity and the creative use of language. Festival activities take place in a variety of borrowed spaces in partnership with business owners and key cultural partners. Events include Poetry and Story Slams featuring local performers as well as feature events with nationally recognized performance poets. The common element to all performance events is the focus on work from a personal perspective, specifically intended for oral, live presentation. WordXWord is a lively week at times humorous, at others serious, always honest, thought provoking, engaging and entertaining. In addition to the summer festival, WXW presents stand-alone events and workshops throughout the year. Find out more about WordXWord, including other programs open to audiences, poets and storytellers of all ages at wXw365.org.

All WXW programs are free and open to all. WordXWord Festival, Inc is a 501(C)(3).
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