Watch for The X Annual Calgary Spoken Word Festival ~Extreme Thinking~ April 2013

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The Calgary Spoken Word Society together with Peace Calgary at The Centre for Conscious Living will participated in this world-wide, phenomenal event! This year, it took place at the Historic King Edward School as a part of a community building event titled We Should Know Each Other #100 which is hosted by Alberta Culture Days, Open Doors YYC & C-Space projects.



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The Spoken Word Workbook

This is the Go-To resource for Spoken Word Poetry
Imagination + Writing + Performance + History + Storytelling

Spoken Word Workbook

We have invited professional spoken word artists (among the top in the genre) to submit 3 interactive exercises intended to explore specific facets of spoken word. These exercises address 1) history 2) writing & 3) performance – and will lead the reader/participants on a creative journey of discovery. Learn from them as you learn more about yourself.

The Artists

  • José Acquelin (Montréal)
  • bill bissett (Toronto)
  • Regie Cabico (Washington DC)
  • George Elliott Clarke (Toronto)
  • Paul Dutton (Toronto)
  • Ian Ferrier (Montréal)
  • John Giorno (New York City)
  • Louise Bernice Halfe (Saskatoon)
  • Bob Holman (New York City)
  • Kaie Kellough (Montréal)
  • Shane Koyczan (Penticton)
  • Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Toronto)
  • Billeh Nickerson (Toronto)
  • Hilary Peach (Gabriola Island)
  • Robert Priest (Toronto)
  • Steven Ross Smith (Banff)
  • Quincy Troupe (New York City)
  • Anne Waldman (New York City)
  • Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary)
  • d'bi young (Toronto)

Learn from them and learn about yourself – tell your own story!

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