Spoken Word & Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade
Students will delve into the craft of poetry, immersing themselves in diverse forms of written expression and learning poetic techniques. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated poets and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will be facilitated by two local artists: Naa Akua is a published poet, performer, and educator, and Arianne True is a published poet and educator. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.
This camp is for students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2022 and will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom. All camps will break for lunch from 12-1pm each day.
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Naa Akua, is a New York-born poet, actor, educator, and sound-word practitioner who is Ghanaian/Bajan and queer. Akua uses the vibratory energy of sound and the intent of words as a vehicle towards healing. Akua, former 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence is a Writers in the Schools (Seattle Arts & Lectures) Writer-in-Residence at Franklin High School, Hugo House teacher, and Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) youth facilitator. www.naaakua.com
Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, and mentor based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley. For Brian, playwriting is an act of envisioning an eventual communing and an opportunity to freeze time as we know it. Their writing has been workshopped with Seattle Opera, Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and the Undergraduate Theater Society. Brian was a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow and their play h*llo k*tty syndrome was supported by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Brian is also an arts administrator, serving as the Literary Manager of Washington Ensemble Theatre. They’re grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write.
Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and folk artist from Seattle. She teaches and mentors youth poets around the Salish Sea and moonlights as a copyeditor. Arianne has received fellowships from Jack Straw, Hugo House, Artist Trust, and others. She is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She was also Seattle Rep’s inaugural Native Artist-in-Residence, where she created and exhibited an immersive multimedia poetry installation. You can find more of her work collected online at ariannetrue.com.