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R Words: Poetry and Performance for Social Change

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.

All Levels | Nina Simone says it’s the role of the artist to show us what is, and Octavia Butler teaches us that the writer can use their words to manifest new worlds. In this class, we will explore the elements which open our eyes, preserve our stories, change our hearts, and create new narratives. Through the power of poetry and performance, we will write together to be the change we want to see in the world. R words: Resilience, Resistance, Revelation, Rise Up, Revolution, Reparations, Restoration.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Nikkita Oliver

Class Type: 8 Sessions


Start Date: 06/17/2020

End Date: 08/05/2020

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing, she strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity. Her work asks us to engage what we see happening now and to imagine what we hope to see in the future.

As a poet, musician, and teaching artist she aims to cultivate spaces where community can explore our creative gifts and discover our personal and collective power to build the world we most need to see. Nikkita is also a case manager for Creative Justice; a community arts project aimed at transforming the criminal legal system and providing space for young people to be self-empowered and self-determined.

She is the cocreator with Nikki Etienne and Dj Rise of the Ringside & the Revolutionary Poets quarterly poetry slam & artist showcase. She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy, performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, and featured on the Breakfast Club and KUOW’s Week in Review.

Her writing and poetry has been published in the Moss, South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, the Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. And she self-published her first collection of poetry, pebbles in my shoes, in December 2017.

She organizes with No New Youth Jail and the Seattle Peoples Party. Nikkita was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. The Nikkita Oliver for Mayor campaign narrowly missed the general election by approximately 1,100 votes; coming in third of 21 candidates. The campaign was declared third-party and accepted no corporate donations. With over 1,000 the volunteers they knocked on 22,000 doors, raised $130,000 and changed the political landscape of Seattle politics.

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