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What’s Spoken

Your voice is a powerful tool and poetry is the amplifier. The art of Spoken Word activates a platform for protest, for empowerment, to inspire courage and dispel fear, and to shine a light on shared trials and experiences both positive and negative. But how do we contain what feels so vastly overwhelming in a single poem? In this workshop you will learn to hone your ideas and learn writing practices to produce work that lends itself to Spoken Word poetry. We will focus a lens on voice, style, craft and the art of writing for the stage. You will learn not only how to focus “what” you are trying to say, but also “how” to deliver it in a way that stays true to the emotional intention of your words. We will cover techniques for taking your poem “off page” and tips for honing an engaging speaking voice when in front of an audience. WHAT’S SPOKEN is intended for all skill levels.

Instructor: Matt Gano

Grade: 9-12

Location: Online

Duration: 2 sessions

Start Date: 12/01/2020

End Date: 12/08/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Matt Gano

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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