Conference

Saturday 29th - 30th, 2018.
THE ART OF SLAM CONFERENCE!

The Art of Slam Conference will provide an intensive poetry slam immersion where emerging poets as well as educators can grow their art through writing and performance workshops, performances, panels, and Q&A's with professional poets on September 29th.

Three tracks are available: teacher, teen, or adult.

Part of Wits End Poetry's Anniversary Weekend! Registration is open.



Full Schedule:
MEET N' GREET | COFFEE 10:30 am

ADULT | SLAM WORKSHOP | WRITING | 10:50 - 11:50 | Facilitated by Johnny C Weaver
TEACHERS | SLAM WORKSHOP | WRITING | 10:50 - 11:50 | Facilitated by Asia Samson
TEEN | SLAM WORKSHOP | WRITING | 10:50 - 11:50 | Facilitated by Daryl Funn

LUNCH | POETRY PERFORMANCE PLUS Q&A | 12:00 | Box lunch. Asia Samson and Daryl Funn

ADULT | How to Make a Living as Poet (PANEL) | 1 PM | Moody Black, Daryl Funn, Kimberly J Simms with moderator Johnny C Weaver
TEEN | SLAM PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP | 1 PM | Asia Samson
TEACHER & ADULT | HAIKU WORKSHOP | 1 PM | Black Phoenix

ADULT | NACA 411 | 2: 30 pm | Asia Samson
TEACHER | POETRY SLAM in the CLASS PANEL| 2:30 pm | Kimberly J Simms and Daryl Funn.
TEEN | UNWIND/PRIVATE COACHING | 2:30 - 4 PM | Moderator Darelle Dove. Various coaches.

ALL | PUBLISHING 101 | 4 PM | Facilitated by Kimberly J Simms
ALL | WRITING LOUNGE & COFFEE | 4 PM | Various coaches available.

TEEN | PIZZA PARTY | 5 PM

ADULT | PRIVATE COACHING | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
TEEN | POETRY SLAM | 6 PM |

ADULT | Showcase, Afterparty & Cookout | 8 PM | Adult attendees and conference staff. Emerging poets will each share one poem in the open mic. Asia Samson and Daryl Funn will both perform and answer questions. Staff will be available to informally mingle with the audience. This event will be open to the public beyond those attending the conference.

9/30/2018 7:30 PM. Celebration and Poetry Slam Showcase! Coffee Underground | Host Moody Black | www.witsendpoetry.com
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Conference Faculty:
Full list here

ASIA SAMSON PROMO VIDEO

On the microphone, Asia Samson is a poet, activist, and part-time
ninja. This poet of Filipino heritage, centers much of his work
around his Asian identity, love, family and struggle. He has been
featured on HBO Def Poetry Jam, and he has shared the stage
with such artists as Janell Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, and
KRS-One. He has garnered college booking awards such as APCA
College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word
Artist of the Year. He has also been featured on BET, TEDx, Button Poetry.
He is also an individual and team finalist in both the National and Southern Fried Southeast Regional Poetry Slam (the two largest poetry slam festivals in the world).



SAMPLE POEM FROM Atlanta's Daryl Funn

Daryl Funn aka MistaFunn is a poet, speaker, and educator
based out of Atlanta, GA. Mistafunn’s focus is delivering a
memorable and fun performance that makes people
evaluate their assumptions. His extensive toastmaster,
theatre , and classical vocal training allows him to create an
environment where his audience is not just wowed but left
but educated. Mr. Funn takes poetry slam into schools
across Metro Atlanta in his role as a teaching artist for the
Alliance Theater.