SPEAK OUT: POETRY AS HEALING
Empower yourself by using your personal experiences to not only rebuild and heal, but to promote social change. We will encourage you to speak out about your struggles, joys, trauma, pain, successes, and happiness so that you can harness your own experiences and turn them into a powerful piece of creative writing. We will have fun, learn from each other, and engage in the creative process. We have the power to change the world, why not speak up! We’ll look at multiple styles and genres of writing and performance and help you find your authentic voice. At the end of the course, you’ll have a body of poetic work – along with the opportunity to perform at the closing showcase in the David Lord Theater. You’ll also receive a chapbook with your self-selected poems. Prior poetry or creative writing experience is not necessary to participate.
REGISTER NOW: MONDAYS | NOVEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 | 7 PM TO 9 PM | $50
Ashley is a slam poet in Colorado Springs. She earned her masters in International Disaster Psychology. She facilitated poetry therapy groups on the inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric unit and the Pediatric Emergency Department Services (PEDS) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Denver Health. She has also facilitated poetry workshops around colorado including Children's Hospital, Mile High Youth Corps, Aurora Mental Health Center, Inside Out Youth Services, Break the Silence (BTS) against Domestic Violence and many other organizations. Ashley is currently contracted with Girls Leadership and travels to California to create poetry workshops for middle and high school girls and produce a poetry performance for the summer camp. She has won four Hear Here Poetry Slams in Colorado Springs. She is the Women of the World Poetry Slam Colorado Springs representative and competed in Dallas at Nationals in March of 2018. She has been featured at Keep Colorado Springs Queer open mic, the Black Voices Matter open mic, the Colorado Springs Women's March, At the Inkwell Denver, and events in Denver, Colorado Springs, and California. She also has organized poetry events in Colorado Springs such as Black Voices Matter open mic, Self-Care open mic, Denim Day open mic, Queer People of Color showcase and panel discussion, and Letters to my Ex’s open mic. Ashley is committed to using poetry as a platform to speak up and out for marginalized groups and be a voice for those who have been silence
KEVIN C. MITCHELL
Kevin is a community activist, emcee, and poet. As Executive Director of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, he works to lift up Families of Color and other marginalized groups throughout Colorado Springs, Colorado. He emcees in the duo Kevin Mitchell and Lord Damage, and as part of the hip-hop collective Company 8. His first book of poetry, W.F.A.F.N., is a portrait of an unapologetic black male – a raw perspective of a modern-day "field negro" in American society. A limited-edition printing, this provocative collection of poems has been printed in collaboration with Meow Wolf’s Artist Liaison Han Sayles.
Flannery is a writer and activist who specializes in writing on domestic violence and trauma, sexuality, and environmental issues. She earned her masters in Rhetoric with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Western Illinois University and has had poetry and short fiction published in academic journals such as Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Bringing beauty and understanding to complex or painful experiences brings her joy.