About the Author

Spoken Word Academy of Chicago
Blurbarian Since November 2009
Business Name Spoken Word Academy of Chicago
Business Web Site https://sites.google.com/site/spokenwordacademyofchicago/
Location Chicago, Illinois
Business Phone Number 312-576-8304
About My Business The SPOKEN WORD ACADEMY OF CHICAGO was founded in 2007 to provide a comprehensive resource for learning, practicing, performing, and experiencing the spoken word art form, while helping to establish the West Side of Chicago as a vibrant arts community that attracts artists and art patrons from other communities. Since its inception this small organization and its staff have provided training in creative writing and spoken word performance to hundreds of youth through its various programs and contracts. The Spoken Word Academy of Chicago has sponsored individual and teams of teen poets for “Louder than a Bomb” poetry slam competition, the world’s largest youth poetry festival held annually in Chicago since 2011.
Areas of Expertise The Spoken Word Academy of Chicago currently offers an apprenticeship program through After School Matters at Kelly Hall YMCA in the West Humboldt Park community. The apprenticeship provides training and real world experience for youth to develop creative writing and performance skills into their own unique styles and techniques. Through hands-on, student directed activities, apprentices enhance their skills in writing, public speaking, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
Professional Affiliations After School Matters, Kelly Hall YMCA, Community Action Council for West Humboldt Park (Chicago Public Schools), West Humboldt Park Educational Pathways Committee, Orr Academy High School Local School Council, LISC New Communities Program for Humboldt Park, Garfield Park Advisory Council, and the Garfield Park Community Council.

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poetic short forms like haiku, couplets, etc.