7th Annual Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam, February 16, 2019, Sterling, VA
7th Annual Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam
2019-02-16 15:00:00
2019-02-16 21:00:00
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST

Type of event: Public Event

Sponsor: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, Sterling, VA

All Poets are invited to participate in an upcoming Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, VA on February 16. 2019. The Poetry Workshop will be held by our emcee Regie Cabico at 3-5 pm in our Sanctuary.  Afterward, The Poetry Slam will be from 7-9 pm and the students will perform a 3-5 minute poem accompanied by the George Mason Jazz Trio.  It is highly recommended that those who want to participate in the slam should also attend the workshop.  We are hoping this will be an enriching experience for the student and adult poets who attend both the workshop and the Poetry Slam.  There will be gifts cards of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  This community arts poetry workshop and Poetry slam is paid through a community arts grant by the Virginia Commission on the Arts and the support of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, VA.  Any young person 15 and under attends for Free.


In these spoken word performance workshops, participants will  use “imagery” to create a poems  that incorporate pop culture & autobiography to celebrate "who we are” by exploring our dreams and our most fanciful urges. We will combine outrageous lies into hyperbole and use sense memory and experimental word play to invigorate our language.  We will look at the poem as one explosive haiku and use the things that “bring us joy” & our "pet peeves" to propel us into performance. We will unlock the basic elements of poetry slam performance: vocal, physical gesture & eye contact—demystifying the page from the stage. This is a chance for jazz poetry slam participants to rehearse their poems and generate material.

Workshop Leader Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR'sSnap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind.  His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.  Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital.  As a theater artist he received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too  Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production The Kenyon Review recently  named Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco.

Do note that you must register for both the workshop and the poetry slam if you wish to participate in both.

Register for the Poetry Workshop.
Registration for the Poetry Workshop is limited. This is an intergenerational workshop for participants ages 16 and up.

Register for the Poetry Slam



United States
UU Congregation of Sterling, 22135 David Drive, Sterling, VA

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

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