Drop the mic

Island poet Julie Bull offers online spoken word workshop

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Interdisciplinary researcher, ethicist, educator, poet, and spoken-word artist Dr. Julie Bull will be facilitating an online workshop series on spoken-word poetry, through the PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG). Drop the Mic: Intro to Spoken Word will run Tuesdays in November from 7–8 pm, online via Zoom.

The workshop will offer those interested in the genre a chance to learn about the form and gain performance experience in an online space. Participants will interact with Bull on such topics as: what is a poem and how does it become spoken-word art; elements of poetry; patterns of sound; and collective poetry writing. Participants will also be given writing prompts and have the opportunity to write their own poems, either independently or in a shared working environment. The final session will be a virtual poetry slam where participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces.

In March 2020, Bull was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program. Bull put those skills to work in the summer of 2020 where she was a top winner at the PEERS Alliance/Pride PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam, as well as a performer in the Island Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the PEI Writers’ Guild on an event that highlights the art of spoken-word poetry,” states Bull. “As facilitator, I’ll introduce the basic tenants of spoken-word art and provide space for participants to write and perform a new poem. I look forward to seeing what creations come from this collaboration.”

PEIWG President Christine Gordon Manley adds, “to align with our commitment to represent diverse and Indigenous voices, the PEIWG is offering two spots for writers from diverse backgrounds.” Anyone wishing to apply for one of these spots should email peiwritersguild@gmail.com.