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Summer Poetry Project for Middle and High School Students

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DCCC Small Business Center

297 Davidson Community College Road

Mary Rittling Center

Thomasville, NC 27360

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The Summer Poetry Project is an arts enrichment program for middle and high school students. The focus builds on the theme of "personal expression and identity", combining creative writing, performance/public speaking, hands-on poetry collage making and a poetry slam. Participating students will sharpen their skills and interests around poetry and literary arts.

The program is composed of a 5-day session starting Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019, starting daily at 10 am to 1 pm. The 5-day session ends with a Poetry Slam in the evening. Lunch will be provided.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

PHILLIP SHABAZZ is a poet, writer, and teaching artist. Shabazz is the author of three poetry collections, Freestyle and Visitation, and XYZoom, and Flames in the Fire. He is also the author of a novel in verse, When the Grass Was Blue. His poetry has been included in the anthologies, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook, and Home Is Where: African-American Poetry from the Carolinas. Some of the journals his poems have appeared in include The American Voice, Obsidian, and The Louisville Review.

His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.

Educators have called him, “One of the most inspiring individuals in the arts.” In an effort to get students excited about creative writing, Shabazz encourages them to be empowered by their own words and expression. Teachers have commented, “His methods succeed in showing students how to use poetry as a tool of learning and communication. His teaching style is engaging, fun, and direct.” The North Carolina Arts Council nominated him for the prestigious William C. Friday Fellowship for human relations, praising his contributions to arts education—as a blend of imagination, experience, and upbeat sensitivity. As writer and teacher, Mr. Shabazz has created a series of ongoing creative writing workshops for many which he calls "Living Words."

Shabazz has worked as an activist, a publisher, and was Duke University’s third Artist-in-Residence at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. Currently he works as poet-in-the-schools of North Carolina, leading creative writing workshops across the state. He has taught at over 400 schools, conferences, and community centers. Prior to this, he was on the artist roster with the Durham Arts Council. He has also been a visiting writer at many colleges and universities including UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon, Winthrop, Warren Wilson, and the Writers' Series at Appalachian State.

Shabazz currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and continues to reach approximately 12,000 people annually through his work as a poet, teacher, and writer in the community at-large.

Visit www.flamesinthefireps.com for more information about the poet/writer.

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