performance poet, slam coach, author
will offer a workshop for teachers
On Teaching Performance Poetry
prior to the young writers reception and annual celebration
*** 5 [count 'em, Five] PARTIES
FOR CT YOUNG WRITERS
You are cordially invited to attend the
12TH Annual IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers
Statewide Ceremony & Celebration
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Mark Twain House &Museum, 351 Farmington, Ave., Hartford
2 p.m. Tour & Programs For Young Writers
4:30 p.m. Workshops For Young Writers & Teachers (CEUs granted)
5:30-6:45 p.m. Reception Catered By Frank Rosa's La Cupola Ristorante & Inn
7 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Melanie Lieberman, 2007 State Prose Champion
Victoria Nordlund, Poet &English teacher
Elizabeth Thomas, Teacher Workshop Leader / Performance Poetry
Co-Masters of Ceremonies
Rand Richards Cooper, Author
Diane Smith, Author & Positively CT TV Host
Ravi Shankar, Poet in Residence, English Professor, CCSU
Colin McEnroe, Author &Columnist, Hartford Courant
Jen Allen Big Band Featuring...
$50 per person (teacher workshop add $25)
PLZ MAKE CHECKS OUT TO IMPAC-CSU YOUNG WRITERS
-RSVP by May 21, 2009
IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Trust
231 Beach St.
Litchfield, CT 06759
800-814-6931 or 860-690-0211
*The IMPAC-Connecticut State University System Young Writers Trust is anon-profit foundation affiliated by Charter with the InternationalIMPAC Dublin Literary Award and classified by the IRS as a 501 C (3)Public Charity. Federal Tax ID: 31-1635811
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP …
The Poetry Slam:
Getting Started at Your School
Oral presentation has always been part of history and tradition. The poetry slam takes this idea further by adding score cards and judges, audience participation and support, cheers and guffaws. What could be more motivating for young people?
In this workshop we discuss what a slam is, how they can be used in the classroom and rules/suggestions to start one. Connect with schools and organizations around the country (and the world) who already participate in Brave New Voices - International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite poem and will be given the chance to score a perfect "10."
Elizabeth Thomas is a widely published poet, performer, advocate of the arts and teacher.
Garrison Keiller recently read her poem "Lies My Mother Told Me" on National Public Radio.
The author of three books of poetry, Thomas has read her work throughout the United States.
Much of her energy and time is devoted to designing and teaching writing programs for schools and organizations in many parts of the country. These programs promote literacy and the power of written and spoken word.
As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth Thomas is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry, a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.
She hosts a website at