Experience the liberating art of spoken word (sometimes called slam or performance poetry): where powerful personal healing meets excellent literary craft. Once considered an underground niche art form, spoken word can now be found in almost every major US city and beyond. The genre is passionate and confessional, drawing influences from beat poetry, traditional poetics, theater, hip hop, punk rock, and the cross-cultural traditions of oral storytelling. Work with Berklee College of Music Professor and award-winning poet Caroline Harvey to practice communicating with intention and fearlessness. Read and discuss poems, explore writing prompts, unlock your voice, and dive into gentle experiential practices to free your body and unlock your inner howl. Lessons are adapted from expressive arts, Gestalt psychology, yoga and meditation, and literary craft. We’ll unravel the myths around “writer’s block” and “stage fright,” practice editing strategies, and delve into the ceremony of performance. Write and speak freely about your desires, identity, politics, struggles, and joys. Share your truth with confidence and compassion no matter where you are!
This course is part of our Summer Leadership Series, intended for college students participating in the Integral Leadership Program. Please click here for additional information and an application.