FreeWord visits St. Mark’s School

14 Oct

 

Kate Kelly, Melissa Guzman, Damion Samuels & James Tolleson before their evening performance at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA.

 

This past Monday and Tuesday, four members of the FreeWord team headed to Southborough, MA to teach, perform and visit with the students at St. Mark’s School.

As the product of public schools in North Carolina, New York and Kentucky, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from a New England boarding school. From our first moments in the classroom, however, we were blown away by the student’s enthusiasm, creativity and interest in slam poetry. The reception that we received by the St. Mark’s students, faculty and administration was remarkable.

During our morning classroom visits and afternoon workshops, many students shared their written poetry as well as their performance pieces. While some students weren’t completely familiar with spoken word, their willingness to learn, participate and experiment with their own writing was fantastic! By the end of our visit, the students had already began to form their  own a poetry group on campus. This is what our work is all about, motivating other to explore their own creativity through slam poetry.

Our evening performance featured a few older pieces, such as “Torture Rack,”  “Guerilla Girl,” “Jam Session In Heaven,” and “Thighs, Thighs Thighs.” St. Mark’s also saw the premier of new poems as well, including “I Hate Poetry,” “Mi Tia Juliana,” “White Girl,” “Grandmother,” and “I Wish Someone Had Told Me In High School”–a piece written specifically for St. Mark’s students. Videos of the performance should be up shortly. For more information on our St. Mark’s visit, you can read the following article here: Award Winning Poets Come to St. Mark\’s

FreeWord would like to extend a huge thank you out to all of the St. Mark’s students, faculty and administration who welcomed us with open arms, ears and minds. We are so grateful for this opportunity. Thanks again, for helping us grow as poets and people. We can’t wait to see what you all will do in the future!

Peace, Love & Poetry,                                                                                                                                     FreeWord

 

(Photo Credit: St. Mark’s School Website. See attached link.)

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