Couplet Annual Poetry Festival

04/23/2017 - 12:30
04/23/2017 - 20:30

Athenian Press & Workshops Presents
Poetry As Protest Fundraiser: A Workshop with Kelly Rae Williams
Sunday, April 23, 12:30-2:30
Old Books on Front Street
Admission: $15, includes refreshments

On behalf of Athenian Press and Workshops, award-winning slam poet Kelly Rae Williams brings her experience as a master word-slayer and social activist for an exclusive workshop during the local Couplet Poetry Festival at Old Books on Front Street. The workshop will include a short lecture and lessons by Kelly Rae aimed to teach poets of all levels how to use their words to evoke change. We will answer questions such as the following: How can a poet use language to evoke activitism? How can we use the writers’ pen to craft change? What writing tools can we use to inspire others? In addition, Kelly Rae will share research from her graduate thesis, which analyzes how the nation of words and literature can be used to shift the racial and political climate and to start a revolution in a community.

About Athenian Press & Workshops
Anthenian Press and Workshops exists to foster female voices, promote and celebrate literary works by women, encourage expression of marginalized voices, all while sustaining a feminist community.

About the author
For the last 10 years, Kelly Rae Williams has had a​ true passion for connecting women and artists through community programming. After working for 5 women's nonprofits in North Carolina, Kelly Rae has been responsible for starting three women's organizations both on the college level and in the community. Her on and off career in poetry has led to travel the U.S. competing and attending all the major national poetry competitions. Kelly Rae believes that starting Poet.she Performing Arts is truly her greatest achievement. Her work with Poet.she has led to countless awards and recognition for her writing. Kelly Rae's published her first book in 2012, REAL GIRLS HAVE REAL PROBLEMS. She is a recent graduate of the Queens University Masters in poetry program in Charlotte, NC. She is working on her full length poetry book and thesis project, entitled Poetry as Protest.

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