SocietyX : Protest Through Poetry

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SocietyX : Protest Through Poetry

A workshop series that provides an outlet of artistic expression for giving voice to critical issues

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Class is on the THIRD FRIDAY @ 1PM EST of each Month

About This Class

Participants will analyze and unpack the works of award-winning spoken word artists that engage audience members around passionate delivery and social justice oriented concepts. The purpose of this series is to inform students on methods that guide the creative writing process as it pertains to spoken word and initiate meaningful conversations on power, privilege, oppression, and social identity amongst other thought-provoking societal issues. Students will have the opportunity to listen, write, and share aloud their own stories through discussion prompts and designated reflection time that ultimately is designed to support a final collection of poems.

What You Will Need

Something to write on and something to write with, and open mind

What You Will Learn

This curriculum encourages participants to utilize spoken word as an effective vehicle to celebrate diversity, engage marginalized identities, and confront relevant societal issues. These practices may help participants build understanding across racial lines, engage in dialogue that increases community learning, and creates a space of liberation.

About Lyrical Faith

A Bronx native born and raised, Lyrical Faith is a Black American Educator, Activist and Spoken Word Poet.

Her award-winning poetry has been a pillar of creative expression since beginning to write and perform at the age of 12.

Forever walking by faith, her words have graced stages beyond NYC to impact cities around the country, and countries around the world, such as France, South Africa and Belize.

She is the 3rd Ranked Woman Poet in the World as of the 2022 Women of the World (Virtual) Poetry Slam. She is co-founder of the longest running open mic & showcase in Harlem, established in 2012.

She is the Chief Executive Visionary of Poetry for Service, a nonprofit that provides accessible workshops and outlets of artistic expression for underserved voices. She is the founder & President of an arts collective for college-educated creatives known as Black Greek Poets. She is the 2015 Poet of the Year at Syracuse University and the 2016 recipient of the Syracuse University Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Award.

She has performed for the likes of Ilyasah Shabazz, Jasmine Mans, Carvens Lissaint, Mahogany L. Browne, Jive Poetic, Aja Monet, Sway Calloway, and many more. Her work has been featured on media platforms such as Huffington Post Black Voices, Write About Now, and News 12 The Bronx.

When not onstage, she is behind the scenes as an active leader in her community by holding positions in various public service organizations and empowering the students as a teaching artist in various educational settings. She continues to tour, facilitate writer’s workshops, curate events, mentor youth, and remain active in her sorority (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.).

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Sociology from Syracuse University (’16) and a Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs with a focus in Social Justice from New York University (’18).

Through her poetry, Lyrical Faith strives to inspire, educate and advocate for intersectional and institutional issues by merging the arts and activism with a faith-based worldview.

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