Performance Poetry and Personal Power

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Xin Niu Zhang
Communications Assistant
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:45

Whether you’re a regular Sarah Kay or a total spoken word newbie, you’re invited for a night of good times, good company, and hard core empowerment at The Bombshelter Pub. That’s right: Feminist Poetry Slam is back!


feminist poetry slamA zero-cover, crowd-favourite event organized every term by The Women’s Centre, Feminist Poetry Slam brings together veteran and rookie performers, an enthusiastic audience of all genders, and food and drink - including free appetizers provided by The Bomber.

“The Slam is a place for people to get together and share their narrative,” said Kazma Chaudhary, Women’s Centre publicity director. “They get to explore what feminism means to them in a chill environment while kicking back and enjoying a beer or a virgin mojito. It's a bonding experience, so bring your BFF or your roommates or partner!”

If you’re new to all of this and feeling a tad overwhelmed, don’t fear! It’s not uncommon to be intimidated by the big, capital-F “Feminism” word or, for that matter, the idea of spoken word poetry, but the Poetry Slam strives to be an event where everyone is comfortable.

“If you haven’t had a formal introduction to the 'F' word, let this be it,” said Chaudhary. “It's inspirational and emotional and hilarious, and allows you to see things from a perspective you may not have seen things from before. Spoken word has a way with creating an atmosphere that's intimate and personal. We like to make sure we're inclusive of all people, including men, non-binary folk, trans people, and just people from all walks of life. You can rest assured that you'll fit into the crowd perfectly.”

In fact, the event still has a few spots left open for performers. Interested poets can email the Women’s Centre for their chance in the spotlight.

“Whether you're a rookie or a professional, we want you,” said Chaudhary. “The crowd is always incredibly warm, welcoming, and receptive, so don't worry about the stage fright.”

The event will take place on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. See you there!