Poetry! from Page to Stage
10 am – 9 pm
In the course of a long and exhilarating day, participants will write original poems, learn performance techniques, rewrite their poems, and then perform them that evening in the legendary Bowery Poetry Club before an invited (read: friendly!) audience. Participants will feel the rush of creativity, the work of editing, the anxiety of performance, and the thrill of accomplishment. It will be a joyful and powerful master class requiring risk and trust. We encourage nominations of any brave K-12 poetry teacher (whether they themselves have written poetry or not) as well as teachers of any subject who happen to be poets.
Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club and the author of seventeen poetry collections, Bob Holman has taught at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. As the original Slam Master, director at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, creator of Mouth Almighty/Mercury (the world’s first spoken word poetry record label), and the Artistic Director of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has played a central role in the spoken word, slam, and digital poetry movements, including the founding of Bowery Poetry Studios, where he hosts the poetry podcast “Mouth Almighty.” Holman’s study of hip-hop and West African oral traditions led to his current work with endangered languages. He lives on the Bowery in New York City.