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Songwriting Scribes with Totem Star, 7-8th grade

In this music-infused camp, students will explore the craft of lyric and songwriting. Students will read and listen to a wide variety of work from carefully curated songwriters and lyricists and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will be facilitated by two local artistsMatt Gano is a is a published poet, performer, and educator, and Zoser Dunbar is a singer/songwriter; it will also feature guest teaching artists. This camp will culminate with a performance of student work and the option for students to contribute a chosen piece to a digital anthology of their work. 

This camp is for students entering 7th & 8th grade in Fall 2021. This camp will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email keliko@hugohouse.org.

*Note – all Scribes Summer camps are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Matt Gano, Zoser Dunbar

Grade: 7-8

Location: Online

Duration: 1 week

Term: Scribes 2021

Start Date: 07/19/2021

End Date: 07/23/2021

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Matt Gano, Zoser Dunbar

Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing
as, “ENTENDRES.” He is author of “Suits for the Swarm,” a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program - a career training program
for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.

Gano made waves nationally as a spoken
word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing
and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.

Zoser is a singer/songwriter and music bender with a soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and a guitar. Music grounds Zoser as he sings his way through the Puget Sound.
As an up and coming Seattle artist, Zoser began playing guitar when he was just 10-years-old. By the age of 12, he began penning his own lyrics and performing to local audiences in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Zo remained a fixture on the local musical scene until relocating to Seattle where he graduated from West Seattle High School in 2018.

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