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CAPA, in partnership with The Columbus Foundation, invites the community to participate in spoken word workshops and a Poetry Slam inspired by themes from the Broadway musical HAMILTON.

Community members of all ages are invited to explore the art form of spoken word through HAMILTON-inspired themes such as overcoming obstacles, being an agent of positive change, and creating a legacy. 

Teaching artists Barbara Fant and William Evans will lead free, interactive spoken word workshops in which participants will experiment with poetic techniques, draft theme-inspired spoken word poems drawn from personal experiences, and share works-in-progress for constructive critique.

Workshop Dates

Wednesday, January 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Parsons Library (1113 Parsons Avenue)
Saturday, January 12, 10 am - 12 pm, Transit Arts (1251 Bryden Road)
Wednesday, January 16, 7 pm - 9 pm, Lincoln Theatre‚Äč (769 E. Long Street)

No previous poetry or spoken word experience is required to participate. Workshops are free, but registration is required. Each workshop can accommodate up to 25 participants and registration will close once 25 participants have signed up.

Please click here to RSVP for a workshop

In order to participate in a workshop, you must complete a Consent and Media Release Form and bring it with you to the first workshop you attend. All participants under age 18 must also have the form signed by their parent/guardian. You will be unable to participate in a workshop without the signed form. 

Poetry Slam Event

Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center Auditorium (546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.)
Host: Barbara Fant
Emcee: William Evans

The program will culminate in a Community Poetry Slam event in which workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform their completed poems for community attendees and a panel of judges.

There will be two categories of competition—YOUTH and ADULT. The YOUTH category is for spoken word competitors ages 18 and under. The ADULT category is for spoken word competitors ages 19 and up. Top poets in both the youth and adult categories will win tickets to see HAMILTON on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:30pm, at the Ohio Theatre.

Note: Tickets are non-transferable and may be picked up with photo ID on the day of the performance at Will Call starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not available to be picked up in advance and no ticket substitutions can be made.  

To compete in the slam, competitors must have attended at least one of the workshops and must register to compete.

Please click here to register to compete in the slam.



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