SPOKE is free monthly spoken word event for teens to speak and be heard. Teens are encouraged to read original or favorite works of poetry. The Kick Off - On April 27th Food Clothing and Shelter has partnered with Pure Lagos to bring New York Times best selling author Kwame Alexander to the Selden Market. Teens will have a chance to meet and chat with Kwame. A live band will be available to accompany readers while they perform. All readers must sign-up to perform.
1. Performances by Teens Only ages 13-17
2. Performances must be no longer than 3 minutes
3. This is a youth event, profanity or sexually suggestive material is not acceptable.
4. Pizza is free while supplies last.
5. We ask that everyone be respectful to all performers, no booing or heckling allowed.
6. Acceptable Material: Original and Favorite works of poetry and prose.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 25 books, including REBOUND, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, SURF’S UP, ANIMAL ARK and OUT OF WONDER, and the novels, SOLO and BOOKED.
A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of several awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through his Writing Workshop. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and to Ghana, where he is training teachers and building a library and health clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, and the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.