Summer Spoken Word Series at Fogartyville in Sarasota

WSLR+Fogartyville is pleased to host a Summer Spoken Word series for individuals that want to explore the art form or those experienced with spoken word that want to work in a collaborative environment to develop new pieces. Spoken word poetry is a broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Related to slam poetry, spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences.

The series will start with four workshops and end with a live performance on Friday, August 13th at 7 pm.   Each workshop will be two hours in length and participants are asked to make a commitment to all four sessions.  The cost to attend all four workshops is $20 per person and scholarships are available if the cost is a barrier to participation. 

Participants will learn about the spoken word art form—including (but not limited to) what it is, its history, writing techniques, and performance practices. In doing so, participants will also gain self-knowledge as they create different narratives and performances. All participants will walk away with a portfolio of poems at various stages, as well as two polished performance pieces. They will perform these poems at a culminating event, open to the public.  The workshop series will spark creativity, nourish vulnerability, strengthen community and uncover marginalized histories and art (spoken word poetry is inextricably linked to the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and hip hop).  The workshop will be limited to 20 participants.  Pre-registration is required.  You can register online at the website


Workshop dates:

Saturday, July 17th, 4-6pm 

Saturday, July 24th, 4-6pm 

Friday, July 30th, 6-8pm 

Saturday, August 7th, 4-6pm 

Saturday, August 13th, 7pm – Performance – open to the public 

The WSLR+Fogartyville Team
525 Kumquat Court 
Sarasota, FL  34236
(941) 894-6469


Photo courtesy of Fogartyville

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