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The Roots of Spoken Word

All Levels | We’ll walk the path of griots with sneakers on our feet, listening to the when, why, and how the art of storytelling found its way from keeping the memories of traditions alive, to the poetry slam stage, the hip hop stage, and the TEDx stage. We will create new memories through this art in our writing.

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

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Naa Akua and Matt Gano

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 02/03/2021

End Date: 02/24/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Naa Akua and Matt Gano

Naa Akua is a 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, queer poet, emcee, and Gregory Award winning actor. They are a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School and co-facilitator for Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead mentoring program.

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.

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