Workshop from Stage to Page with Local Poet Houston Hughes

Local poet Houston Hughes will facilititate an adult poetry workshop on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room.

A relatively recent movement, modern performance poetry (known as “slam” when used in competitions) is an attempt to re-invigorate the poetry movement by shifting the focus of both the poets and the audience. Rather than giving attention solely to how work comes across on page, there is instead an equal weight placed on how the work sounds performed aloud, and with some theatricality. For this workshop, participants will be walked through what it means to write with an equal focus on performance, given writing prompts, and encouraged to either create brand new pieces for performance or to re-write their own previous work. Participants will then practice and critique one anothers’ performances, with the ultimate goal of having one poem of their own ready to perform.

The workshop is presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month.  For more information about the celebration in Fayetteville, including a calendar of events, click here.

Nancy Hartney writes fiction, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction articles. Her full bio can be found at

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