Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if Instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about learning the limitless styles there are to choose from? Whatever the style or personality of the student, this workshop explores how to create a versatile and open-ended poetry unit that allows these young poets to find their voice.
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Pulling from the dozens of writing workshops she has performed across Western Canada and beyond, Krogstad develops activities and prompts to help students get excited about creative expression. A member of the 2016 national wild card team, a two-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, a Calgary Arts Development Grant Recipient, and a participant in the Banff Centre International Spoken Word Program, she is passionate about encouraging youth to read, write, and share their voice.
Zaire Ink is an emerging Hip-Hop artist with deep roots in Spoken-Word Poetry. His passion for crafting witty lyrics with an intriguing flair, while exploring topics such as masculinity, street survival, youth struggles and relationships, have made him a definitive act to watch moving forward. Known for his transparency and genuine forwardness, Zaire believes that the truth can change the way we speak about our narratives; turning our messes into our messages and our tests into our testimonies.