Danny Solis | Spoken Word

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Danny Solis | Spoken Word

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Danny Solis' vision as a teaching artist is one of great hope and energy. He believes that poetry can and does change lives for the better. He believes that any art can help people express themselves, tell their stories, share their realities with those around them and thus bridge the many divides that separate us as human beings. By telling our stories and learning about each other we become more of the best parts of what it means to be human. And in turn we make the world around us a better place for everyone.

Poetry is something that surrounds us every day, all the time. Words are like clay, we use them and shape them into the simplest, necessary things like cups and bowls. Or we can make them into complex masterpieces. We think of art as luxury but in truth we could not survive without them. They are as necessary as bread, as air, as water.

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Danny Solis is a Poetry Slam Champion on multiple levels including eight city championships, two regional championships, Southwestern and Southeastern, two national championships and two international championships both team and individual.

Solis was one of three American poets chosen by the U.S. State Department to go to Nepal and Botswana to perform, teach and organize poetry slam with local artists. Solis has served as a poetry event organizer, MC and curator most recently as the Director of the Day of the Dead Poets Slam, now in its fourth year. In 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico Solis was the Director of the National Poetry Slam, the largest performance poetry event in the world.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Residencies

Like A Flower: Opening Up To The Possibilities of Poetry In One’s Life

A week long residency that explores opening oneself up to the possibilities of poetry. This residency includes many prompts, exercises and other techniques to get  participants writing and speaking their poems. In addition to free verse participants will take part in movement and vocal exercises and learn about and write Tanka, Haiku and Senryu. The capstone event will be an open mic where all are invited to perform their work.

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The Poem Performed: Writing & Performing Original Work From Page to Stage

This intensive residency will focus on creating new pathways and techniques for poets to utilize in crafting their performances of both new and old work.  Writing prompts will be utilized to facilitate the writing of new poems. Poets will also be asked to bring 3-5 original poems that they have crafted and performed previously.. This is a residency wherein we will craft both page and stage presence, providing tools that will assist poets in  crafting their poems, on both page and stage for years to come.

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SLAM! The Art & Craft of Competitive Poetry

This residency will cover the history of poetry slam from its humble beginnings on Chicago's South side to its global presence and international competitive events such as the National Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices, Louder than a Bomb and the World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France. In addition we will visit  topics such as

  • How to write a ’Slam Poem’
  • Why Slam anyway?
  • Why is Poetry Slam so popular?
  • What is a Poetry Slam?
  • What is Slam ‘strategy’ and does it work?
  • Group poems, pros and cons

Participants will also write original work, practice performing said work and compete in an actual Poetry Slam as the capstone event.

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Workshops

Every Voice Matters: For Absolute Beginners

This workshop is designed for aspiring writers/performers with little or no experience writing and/or performing poetry. Beginning with simple prompts and physical/vocal warm-up techniques, this residency is about getting comfortable with the idea of putting your feelings and thoughts on paper and speaking them to others. Both formalist and free verse techniques will be explored. Finding one's voice, artistic intentionality and discovering and sharing the work of famous poets will be covered. Possible capstone event is a public reading open to the public.

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SLAM! The Art & Craft of Competitive Poetry

This workshop will cover the history of poetry slam from its humble beginnings on Chicago's South side to its global presence and international competitive events such as the National Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices, Louder than a Bomb and the World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France. In addition we will visit topics such as:

  • How to write a ’Slam Poem’
  • Why Slam anyway?
  • Why is Poetry Slam so popular?
  • What is a Poetry Slam?
  • What is Slam ‘strategy’ and does it work?
  • Group poems, pros and cons

If there is time, participants will write original work, practice performing said work and compete in an actual Poetry Slam as the capstone event.

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