Pastries and Poetry:
An Intergenerational Writing Workshop


Saturday August 24, 2013  from 2:00-5:00pm

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Scholarships available.
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The Institute for Policy Studies/Split This Rock 
1112 16th St. NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

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Elli Nagai-Rothe, Managing Director 

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In the TED Ed animated video “5 Steps to Slam Poetry,” author, educator, and internationally acclaimed poet Gayle Danley describes the process of creating a “slam poem” with narration by Pages d. Matam. What is slam? Slam combines movement, voice, drama, and the written word for an unforgettable spoken word experience. It is a competitive poetry event in which the audience plays a central role. Join Gayle and Pages for pastries and poetry as they facilitate an intergenerational writing workshop that expands on the “5 Steps to Slam Poetry” - from writing to editing to reciting - and delves deeper into what ingredients are essential in baking the perfect poem. In this experiential workshop, participants will share their stories, engage in writing exercises, and discuss both the technical and emotional aspects of creative writing and performance.

All Levels Welcome!  Limited to 25 participants.

Workshop fee: $25. Scholarships available. All participants must register in advance.

Gayle Danley's explosive style combines movement and emotion as she performs her magic on the audience, sweeping them up in her words as she addresses and explores contemporary issues. In addition to her motivational speaking and college performances, she has maintained a constant tour of elementary and secondary schools, helping students with traumatic experiences and teaching workshops on Slam poetry to all age groups. A multi award winning international Slam poet originally from N.Y., but now residing in Baltimore, her accomplishments as an artist, educator, and author are but a small part of her riveting mastery in fusing her poetry with the ability to touch her audience through real life experiences, leaving a lasting emotional message. 


Pages Matam is a multidimensional creative writing and performance artist, residing in

the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. Author, educator, activist, playwright, host, event organizer, Award Winning slam poet, and his greatest accomplishment, being a father. A proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic, be prepared to be taken on a journey of cultural and personal discovery unapologetic in its silly, yet visceral and beautifully honest in its storytelling.



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