The Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets Who Teach is a play-space where the audience becomes the artist and artist becomes the audience. The title features interactive exercises from seventeen professional spoken word artists. This unique project is ground-breaking and timely as a poetry and spoken word learning tool. The artists include José Acquelin (Montréal), bill bissett (Toronto), Regie Cabico (Washington DC), George Elliott Clarke (Toronto), Ian Ferrier (Montréal), John Giorno (NYC), Louise Bernice Halfe - Sky Dancer (Saskatoon), Bob Holman (New York City), Kaie Kellough (Montréal), Shane Koyczan (Penticton), Billeh Nickerson (Vancouver), Hilary Peach (Gabriola Island), Robert Priest (Toronto), Steven Ross Smith (Banff), Anne Waldman (New York City), Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary) and d'bi young (Toronto).
Sheri-D Wilson is an internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, performer, film-maker, educator and producer born in Calgary, Alberta. Sheri-D founded the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2003, one of the most respected spoken word festivals in Canada. Driven by the passion to connect people, voices and ideas she organized SWAN (Spoken Word Arts Network, 2007 & 2005), produced the 2008 National Slam of Canada. She has served as the director of the spoken word program at The Banff Centre.
"Sheri-D Wilson's The Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets Who Teach collects the stories, advice and suggested skill-building exercises from some of North America's (and the world's) most successful practitioners of spoken word poetry. ...If you've ever had questions you were afraid to ask--What the hell is sound poetry? How can I become a better performer? Do I have to be political?--this is a good place for answers." --Alberta Views
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