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Tue, Jan 12


Virtual Online

Slam Poetry- Ages 15+

Let us Slam!

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Slam Poetry- Ages 15+
Slam Poetry- Ages 15+

Time & Location

Jan 12, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:35 PM

Virtual Online

About the Event


Slam poetry and Spoken Word have taken over YouTube and now Zoom much to the chagrin of the traditional poet. However, even the traditional poet can enjoy a good slam competition once they understand the objective. T. S. Eliot, one of the founding fathers of modern poetry, may have been the first ‘Slam Master’ of American history. Eliot started reading (speaking) his poems, often written with a political slant, in the early 1900’s. He was so radical or “def” that in 1914 he left America and went to England to forge the Modernist Movement. So, what do Eliot and Chicago construction worker Marc Smith have in common? This workshop will explore the history of slam poetry and review the works of ‘Old Possum’ and ‘Slampapi’ and write our own minute slam poem. So - Let us slam!


About the Instructor: Patti Ross graduated from The Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. After a brief career in the arts and journalism she began raising a family. Since moving to Maryland and winding down a 30-year career in corporate technology Patti has rediscovered her love of writing and is sharing her voice as the spoken word artist "little pi." Her debut chapbook, St. Paul Street Provocations, will be released in 2021 by Yellow Arrow Publishing. She currently serves on the Board for the Maryland Writers Association, as well as several other non-profit organizations in the Baltimore region. Patti lives in Ellicott City, MD.

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