Join us for a Creative Louisiana twist on a Poetry Slam.
The Eclectric Truth Slam team, Desireé Dallagiacomo, Donney Rose, Rodrick Minor, and Jocelyn Young, will perform their dynamic spoken word poetry, then host a mini-workshop where you'll create your own dynamic and thought-provoking poetry. Start your day with energy and passion.
Tell a friend or bring a friend. Creative Louisiana is best shared.
The event gets started at 8:30 am for coffee and mingling, and the lecture portion of the event starts at 9:00 am. Everyone is off to work by 10:00 am and it's free!
Creative Louisiana is a monthly morning meetup for creative types. Join us!
About Desireé Dallagiacomo
Desireé Dallagiacomo lives in New Orleans where she teaches performance and writing workshops with the Recovery School District, Centre for the Arts, and WordPlay Teen Writing Project. She is studying creative writing at the University of New Orleans, where she is a recipient of the Ryan Chigazola Poetry Scholarship. She has competed in multiple national and international poetry slams and she has been a featured reader at universities and festivals across the country. She has performed alongside acclaimed poets such as Saul Williams, Martin Espada, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Mos Def. Her work can be found in The Allen Review, Ampersand Journal, Ellipsis, Word Dance, and many other publications.
About Donney Rose
Donney Rose, a Baton Rouge native and active member of the city’s poetry scene, has been performing spoken word since 1999. Donney has been a member of eight Baton Rouge national slam teams and was also a member of Baton Rouge’s 2003 Southern Fried Regional’s championship team. In 2012, he became Eclectic Truth (Baton Rouge) Poetry Slam’s Individual Grand Slam Champion and Baton Rouge’s representative for the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam. He works as a teaching artist with WordPlay Writing Project and is the program director for an arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts Inc. He has recorded three spoken word CDs and authored one chapbook. His work is the product of what happens when Black male southern upbringing finds out that a larger world exists outside of societal constraints placed on his demographic.
About Rodrick Minor
Rodrick Minor is a native of Woodville, Mississippi. Rodrick has been a fan of fine arts since he was three and a poetry junkie since the age of fifteen. He mostly wrote poems about emotional factors, social issues drawn into fictional events, and occasionally ghostwriting poems for his brother to woo ladies during his high school years. His taste for performance poetry began when he attended college at Southern University, exposing him to the weekly poetry reading named The Mocha Room. Throughout his years as a college student he opened for renowned poet Nikki Giovanni twice and has been a winner of BET’s Black College Tour McDonald’s poetry contest. In 2012 he became a member of Baton Rouge’s Poetry Alliance and also a member of the 2012 and 2013 Baton Rouge National Poetry Slam Teams.
About Jocelyn Young
Jocelyn Young is a Baton Rouge resident by way of Wilmer, Louisiana. She has been a writer since her primary years, but wasn’t exposed to performance poetry until her years as a student at Southern University. There she met lifelong poets and friends Rodrick Minor and Donney Rose through the Mocha Room Poetry Reading. She credits her rural upbringing and strong familial ties with being the ultimate influence on her writing. She is the current Slam Master of the Eclectic Truth Open Mic Reading and Poetry Slam as well as the President of the collective responsible for hosting Baton Rouge’s only Slam, the Poetry Alliance. She has been on three national poetry slam teams (2010, 2011, 2013) as well as represented the Eclectic Truth as its 2011 Women of the World competitor in Columbus, Ohio.
Join us at the Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Complimentary brewed coffee will be provided.
The Varsity Theatre is a fixture in Baton Rouge culture, bringing a wide range of touring musical groups and other events to our community. Varsity Theatre will open its doors on Saturday, August 31 for the opening game of the LSU Football season against TCU. Free to just watch the game on the big screen, or pay the cover charge to enjoy food and drink.
About Creative Louisiana
Creative Louisiana was founded in June 2011 with a mission to support and accelerate Louisiana creativity and innovation. Follow Creative Louisiana on Twitter @WeAreCreativeLA and on Facebook.
Creative Louisiana is supported by LSU Continuing Education. LSUCE's mission is to enrich people's lives and we hope this enriches yours.