Albany Barn has partnered with the Albany Poets to offer “From the Page to the Stage,” a poetry and spoken word writing workshop for teens and young adults in April 2012 concluding with an evening of performance on May 4th.
“From the Page to the Stage” workshops will be held on Fridays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm April 13, 20, and 27 at Stage 1, Albany Barn’s headquarters and community art space located at 46 North Swan Street in Albany. Equal attention will be placed on both the literary and performative aspects of poetry and spoken word; all poetic styles will be welcome. Established local poets Dan Wilcox and Mojavi Wright will lead participants through the process of writing, editing, and performing poetry.
Dan Wilcox is the host of the “Third Thursday Poetry Night” at the Social Justice Center in Albany, and is a member of the poetry performance group, 3 Guys from Albany. He has been a featured reader at poetry venues in the Capital District and throughout the Hudson Valley. His poems have been published in Out of the Catskills, Post Traumatic Press 2007, Chronogram, Poetica, in numerous small press journals and anthologies, on the internet, as broadsides and in self-published chapbooks. His most recent chapbook, boundless abodes of Albany, is available from Benevolent Bird Press of Delmar, NY.
K. Mojavi Wright has been actively writing poetry since the age of 7. He has been featured or read at AS220 in Rhode Island, Manhattan’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, The Sugar Shack Cafe in Harlem, Mangoes in Washington, DC, and local venues including the Lionheart Cafe, Lark Tavern, Poets in the Park, and Mother Earth’s Café. He has self-published two chapbooks: Verbal Hieroglyphics vol. 1 and vol. 2, and co-founded the decade-long reading series known as “Soul Kitchen.” He is currently founder/director of the Urban Guerrilla Theatre poetry/spoken word performance art group, which holds a monthly showcase and open mic at the WAMC Linda. Mojavi is also one of the organizers and promoters of the newly minted “Nitty Gritty Slam” in conjunction with Albany Poets, and the “Frequency North” reading series at the College of Saint Rose.
Workshop participants will then perform their original works at Stage 1 on Friday, May 4, 2012 in conjunction with the monthly “1st Friday” arts walk. Thom Francis, President of Albany Poets, will emcee. Refreshments will be served and the 1st Friday Trolley will provide complimentary transportation to and from Stage 1. The workshops are free for teenagers and young adults but spaces are limited. To register, call 518-935-4858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is made possible in part through a Community Art$Grant, a program funded by the Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.