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Slam Poetry

Spoken word is an art form that encourages poems to be read aloud and performed. As a platform for spoken word artist, a Poetry Slam is a contest that encourages Poets to compete by performing their poetry. During this 3-session workshop, participants will create original poetry in an effort to organize and compete in a Poetry Slam. During each session, we will review performance poets and their poetry so to learn the history, function and elements of Slam Poetry and Performance Poetry as theatrical devices.


A community based poet and writer, D.L. Ware is a literacy advocate and literary artist in Southeast Cleveland’s Buckeye, Woodland Hills, and MT.Pleasant neighborhoods. Since 2010, D.L. Ware has used his love for the literary arts as means to bring communities together. IIn 2018 D.L. developed and led a weekly creative writing workshop called “Veterans’ Voices,” a 9-week creative writing workshop designed to encourage and support US Military Veterans to write and share their military experiences as a community. Husband and father of 3 boys, D.L. finds the act of writing to be healthy and therapeutic and makes time to write daily.


Slam Poetry takes place Saturdays 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 from 12:00-1:30pm at Lake Erie Ink (2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118). 

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