Workshop! Sunday Jan 25, 2pm

VSWF - #DOPE

Lying to Tell the Truth; Facilitated by Johnny MacRae
Sun. Jan. 25, 2015, 2pm
Location: MacDonald Stewart Art Centre (358 Gordon Street)

Guelph Spoken Word is excited to announce our first workshop of 2015! Designed and facilitated by renowned Canadian Spoken Word Artist Johnny MacRae from Vancouver.

Workshop: Lying to Tell the Truth
Many poets, and often those who perform work at the poetry slam, give preference to writing from a personal perspective, and to perform work in a way that is considered raw and honest. This workshop questions the authenticity of the first person perspective in spoken word performance, and asks how fictionalized voices can offer unexpected ways for poets to speak truths. Beginning with some physical warm-ups, we will work through a series of exercises focused on active language, personification, and persona writing.

Bring your ticket from Poetry Slam Finals and get in for FREE!!
Otherwise, $7 (PWYC)


Posted on January 10, 201by guelphspokenword

Jan. 10, 2015
An unfortunate situation has arisen, where Guelph Spoken Word recently received a complaint about a poet who is a part of the Guelph Spoken Word community. This confidential matter is currently unresolved. As stated in our December 1, 2014 website & facebook post Guelph Spoken Word is currently in the process of developing a policy that includes a clear and transparent process for dealing with complaints/concerns/grievances. This policy is scheduled for completion in early February. In the interim, the GSW board is dealing with this situation in a way that we believe is fair and acts in the best interests of the Guelph Spoken Word community. We highly value all members of the GSW community and are hopeful that we will be able to help bring the situation to resolution. We recognize our limitations as volunteers and people who have not been trained in conflict mitigation. For this reason are seeking advice and resources from outside our organization to understand how to move forward in this matter. If you have questions please feel free to contact bethanne@guelphspokenword.com.


Posted on December 1, 201by guelphspokenword

December 1, 2014

In light of recent events and conversations in the National Spoken Word community,

Guelph Spoken Word has decided to develop a policy that includes a clear and transparent grievance process. We have come to feel that it is imperative to have a mechanism in place to process conflict, complaints and/or instances of grave harm that are brought to our attention.

As the Guelph Spoken Word board strives to develop and provide this new resource to our community, we would also like to recognize our limitations as volunteers; in regards to capacity, training and financial resources.

The Guelph Spoken Word board is currently reaching out to other spoken word organizers and local organizations to learn about their policies, best practices and processes. As a board we will review this information and other examples that come to our attention to draft a policy of our own. It is our intention that this policy can be used as tool, in our interest to continually improve the Guelph Spoken Word community.

If you have examples that you would like considered in our development process please e-mail them to bethanne@guelphspokenword.com

Yours in growth… The Guelph Spoken Word Board

Beth Anne Ellipsis

Mark MacKinnon

Patrick Kelly

Truth Is …

December 1, 2014

In light of recent events and conversations in the National Spoken Word community, Guelph Spoken Word has decided to develop a policy that includes a clear and transparent grievance process. We have come to feel that it is imperative to have a mechanism in place to process conflict, complaints and/or instances of grave harm that are brought to our attention.
As the Guelph Spoken Word board strives to develop and provide this new resource to our community, we would also like to recognize our limitations as volunteers; in regards to capacity, training and financial resources.
The Guelph Spoken Word board is currently reaching out to other spoken word organizers and local organizations to learn about their policies, best practices and processes. As a board we will review this information and other examples that come to our attention to draft a policy of our own. It is our intention that this policy can be used as tool, in our interest to continually improve the Guelph Spoken Word community.

If you have examples that you would like considered in our development process please
e-mail them to bethanne@guelphspokenword.com

Yours in growth… The Guelph Spoken Word Board
Beth Anne Ellipsis
Mark MacKinnon
Patrick Kelly
Truth Is …