Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council, enthusiastic teachers and students, last school year was a great one. I lead poetry workshops for high school students in Toronto, Bradford, Sudbury, Cambridge and Kitchener.
I worked with well over 700 students in total. I got to lead more than 600 students through a full workshops series, which means that many students had an opportunity to write and perform their own spoken word pieces.
Many students were intimidated by my first uttering of “you can perform your own spoken word piece” and yet created something beautiful. I’m inspired by what students create. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help develop a creative process in young people.
One student wrote to me to say, “I just wanted you to know how much of change in my life you made! I have fallen head over heels in love with performance poetry.”
I look forward to continuing in this work.