Introducing WordCrew

Photo of Elizabeth KolendaWordCrew is a spoken-word youth cohort based in Baton Rouge. In watching a number of videos of their past performances, I was struck by the sheer lyrical talent of these young poets. Hailing from the slam tradition, each of these performer’s words seemed to vibrate with raw emotion, transformed into messages that are at once politically palpable and deeply personal. It is rare to find a community that supports young poets in such powerful ways, and I am excited to be welcoming them to perform at Delta Mouth this year! Elizabeth Kolenda, Community Engagement Coordinator

The only group of its kind in Baton Rouge, the WordCrew cohort (ages 13-19) meets weekly to write, perform, engage in dialogue and discourse, and plan youth spoken word and poetry events. Members coordinate the Forward Arts’ monthly teen open mic and poetry slam, Freshhhh Heat– which is the largest youth open mic in the state, participate in writing retreats, and serve as editors for Crushed Canvas.

Word Crew will be performing at our first night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see them on Friday April 6th at 7pm in the Art & Design Auditorium Room 103 (LSU Campus). Additionally, Donney Rose of Forward Arts will be a panelist on Saturday April 7th at 1 pm in the Women’s Center (LSU Campus). See our full schedule here.

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