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Poetry Power

This initiative is being accomplished through bringing the transformative power of the spoken word to students in grades 9-12 through innovative workshops and interdisciplinary activities supported by MassLEAP (Literary Education & Performance) a collaborative with MassPoetry. Students will participate in a series of interactive and performance based seminars and workshops throughout the school year that will culminate in a statewide Teen Poetry Festival at MassART.  Performance poetry is a unique venue that provides a way in which students can communicate and feel connected with their peers, local community and greater Boston area.


The project is a vehicle to empower high school students to use their voice through the genre of performance poetry. Performance poetry is an art specifically geared toward a visual audience. The term became popular in the 1980s to describe poetry composed for performance versus print. There is a continued need for teens to explore areas of creativity in which their voices are validated and celebrated.  Performance poetry is a unique venue that provides a way in which students can communicate and feel connected with their peers, local community and greater Boston area.

In school events are  provided collaboratively with MassLEAP (Literary Education & Performance) a collaborative with MassPoetry.  The events include: Poetry Slam 101 session, Demonstration Poetry Slam, Poet in Residence Intensive Workshop, and Louder Than a Bomb film screening and discussion.  In addition, Kathleen Stoker and Anita Cellucci will facilitate after school seminars on the following topics: team building, poetry writing and poetry performances. Grants: 2012-2013, 2013-2014: Westborough Education Foundation 2014-2015 Westborough Cultural Council