First One of the Year! Join Us! Free Writers Workshop and Open Mic Reading!

  • February 22, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Poets, writers and other spoken word artists are invited to join us on the Fourth Saturday of Every Month for Half and Half Saturday, a monthly writers workshop, followed by an open mic poetry reading.

The Writers Workshop

“No rights, no wrongs, just lessons…” – Ise Lyfe

The semi-structured writers workshop will meet from 10:30am - 11:45am and be facilitated by DCPP organizers, members and other special guests.

This month's workshop will be facilitated by DCPP member Dr. Mary Stone Hanley. Dr. Hanley has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and is a playwright, poet, educator, scholar, and researcher. She has spent a lifetime as an artist and 40 years as an educator and arts activist. She has used poetry and interactive theater in schools, higher education, and communities to stimulate creative and critical thinking about issues of social justice. 

This month's workshop theme: Mind and Body: Exploring Movement to Prompt the Word

The Open Mic Poetry Reading

"Metaphorically Screaming!"

The open mic for all begins at 12:00 p.m. The doors and sign-up lists open promptly at 11:45 am. So please come to share or just to listen and have fun! Poems may be on any subject, and you may read more than one, but we ask that you keep your time on the mic to three minutes. The open mic will go for as long as we have participants or until 1:30pm. The program will regularly feature local, regional and national poets.

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You may come to both or choose the portion that best suits your needs. The entire program is free of charge and will be held in the large meeting room located on the lower level of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Public Library.

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"Half and Half" Reviews

"First time reading, very warm and inviting group. I was in a great mood all day. I look forward to next month"

"It was a great meet up, I can't wait for the next one. =) In the mean time, peace, love, and poetry lol"

"The Half and Half meetup was crazy sick! Omg! These poets are truly on fire! From rhythmic sounds of poetic syncopation to the calming and grounding words of prose . . . I can't get enough! Oh and hats off to our facilitators.... fabulous job!"

"Awesome!!!"

"The wisdom, the eloquence, the magic, the creativity, the revelations, the strength, the vulnerability, the emotions, the courage, the gifts given from above, the existential moments, the power, and the bonding of kindred spirits that met today was beyond belief!"

For additional information, please call Michael @[masked]

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http://www.dclibrary.org/watha

 

 

 

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  • J.Nicole

    It was such a pleasure to meet all of you and hearing your work. I look forward to hanging out again. Thanks for the love and encouragement! I am happy to hear the piece blessed you as much as it blessed me!

    2 · February 25, 2014

  • Laneta J. H.

    I truly enjoyed myself. It's been a really difficult winter for me and sometimes its hard to manage my social anxiety enough to even come out of the house, but as soon as I got there Saturday and was welcomed with open arms, I remembered there was no place I'd rather be. Thanks guys

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Marianne S.

      Glad to see you back, Laneta :)

      2 · February 24, 2014

  • Sarita B.

    No worries Mary, Mike had you covered. :-) I think I can speak for everyone that attended by saying that we missed you and hope that you're feeling much better. I agree with Mike, your health should always come first. Yesterday's (02/22/14) meetup was OUTSTANDING and I wished that it was recorded to show you. However, I believe there will be many more "outstanding" ones to come. :-)

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Marianne S.

      I guess Anastasia was taking pictures then?

      February 23, 2014

  • Sarita B.

    It was absolutely phenomenal! Mike thank you for stepping in for Mary; you're such a good leader. All the poets were remarkable; Starr and I enjoyed ourselves. The most beautiful things in life come with no cost, but are true blessings from above (and I'm so glad I have God in my life to be a part of this meetup). I have much appreciation to everyone for making our week, our next month, and our lives so much sweeter. The stained wedding dress was indeed the performance; can't believe that Ms. Boyd does not write her poetry down... I look forward to many of our great talented performances. Ms.. Anastasia, thank you for the décor and making our environment look soooo professional; another great talent. Mike, you have started a wonderful thing and I can see much more success in the days to come.

    3 · February 23, 2014

  • DeAndrea J.

    Wish I could have made it.

    February 23, 2014

  • Michael Anthony I.

    The stained wedding dress! Wow! I felt like I was watching a movie! I've never seen anything quite like her performance before. Brilliant! Kudos to Ms. Boyd and all of today's poets. We need to find a venue where our work can be showcased outside the confines of a library. The world needs to see what we do.

    3 · February 22, 2014

  • Marianne S.

    Thank you so much, Michael! I really enjoyed our workshop and the open mic. So many of the poems at open mic were impressive. I am still thinking about the piece about the bride and her stained wedding dress.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Marianne S.

      Looking forward to the film on March 15 and then the half and half in Tenleytown!!

      February 22, 2014

  • John M.

    Michael really filled in well as last minute facilitator, and the work shared in the open mic was exciting and demonstrated many great examples of the varied styles of poetry.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Mary

    Oh people, I am so sorry for not being there today! I was really looking forward to it. But, I am full of coughing and sniffles and I figured none of you would be interested in listening to that. Besides Michael had Plan B ready. So, onward and upward. I will do the workshop whenever we a room with enough space. I hope you had a great day today. Later...

    February 22, 2014

    • Angela R.

      Mee too! I missed you in the acting class today as well. Feel better

      1 · February 22, 2014

    • Marianne S.

      Hope you are feeling better, Mary. :)

      February 22, 2014

  • Michael Anthony I.

    Mary, WE MISSED YOU TODAY! I hope you feel better soon. Health should always come first! To the poets who attended the program today, you are truly Smoke Kings and Queens. Thanks again for revitalizing my passion and love for poetry. Next month, we will meet at Tenleytown-Friendship Neighborhood Library. Let's set it ablaze with poetic fire - so that everyone knows the DCPP continues to reign supreme!

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • John M.

    Thanks to Michael for bringing all those prompts in last minute. They were great. He really made me work.

    Also, I loved seeing everyone again, meeting new people and hearing what they're working on.

    3 · February 22, 2014

  • Angela R.

    Great time, as usual. I love this group and promise to be more energetic and on time next month. Great February prompts as well and again, thanks Sly...

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Jamie E.

    This was my first time and I loved it. Can't wait until we meet again.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Deneen W.

    It was great to be back and see the raw talent and gifts of each and every poet that attended! Hopefully I will be able to attend more of the Half and Half as it helps me to grow and share what is given to me to pen to paper. Thank you Michael for creating this group and bring together such wonderful people.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Marcellus

    Looking forward to this.

    February 22, 2014

  • Marcellus

    Looking forward to this.

    February 22, 2014

  • Anastasia Peace, C.

    I can't want to see you all tomorrow I'm bring in treats!

    February 21, 2014

  • Angela R.

    I will be late but can't wait to see everybody - Angela

    February 21, 2014

  • Marcellus

    Looking forward to this.

    February 18, 2014

  • Marianne S.

    I've just announced the workshop & open mic to my online class, Michael. It would be wonderful if some are able to join us!

    February 16, 2014

  • Michael Anthony I.

    Hello Billy,

    I look forward to meeting you. I too am often stereotyped (I moved here 3 years ago from Oregon), but speaking my truth through poetry allows me the opportunity to debunk the myths and live a full life despite what others may think about me. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Marie Curie Other members, please join in the conversation. All comments are welcome.

    February 13, 2014

  • Michael Anthony I.

    Hello Billy, Welcome to the group! Your question is interesting. Stereotypes can take many forms and shapes. Since we are a poetry group open to all, please write a poem about the specific stereotype that you think you may find in this group. Post it so that we can gain a better understanding of what you mean. Michael

    February 13, 2014

    • Billy I.

      Hi Michael, thanks for the reply. My observation about stereotypes was in general. Being from Buffalo people usually mention snow or chicken wings. As a black man I am often stereotyped. I believe that we are all stereotyped in one way or another. I have written a poem about being a stereotype that I am hoping to get an opinion on.... I am looking forward to meeting your group, you guys sound like you have got it together...kudos. Billy

      February 13, 2014

  • Mary

    Looking forward to seeing you all at the workshop. Get ready for a different kind of poetic journey! Let's hope the snow has come and GONE! B safe--and for those of you who like bar-b-que in the snow, there's a poem in there! ;-)

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Billy I.

    To all...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I am originally from Buffalo Ny. In weather like this back home we get out the lawn chairs and throw a barbeque! I am new to the area and I am excited about the endless opportunities that are available here. As I write this today, my hometown is one of the top 10 most segregated cities in the country. I wish that it was mandatory that you know at least 3 people of a different race. My question to you...are you a stereotype?

    February 13, 2014

  • Kendall B.

    Hey everyone, I won't be able to attend but I hope you all have a great meeting. I know Mary has a workshop in store!

    February 12, 2014

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