Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop with performance components that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.
Workshop leader Marty McConnell is a Def Poet, the 2012 NUPIC champion, and a widely anthologized and published Chicago poet. Learn more about Marty, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.
DESCRIPTION FROM THE WORKSHOP LEADER: ODE TO THE ODD
Why be average? In this workshop, we’ll look at poems that celebrate the strangenesses that contribute to our survival and thrival in this world that wants us normal, easy, commodifiable and quiet. And then we’ll do some writing of our own, mining our oddities as a way to own and proclaim ourselves more fully and without shame.
Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space.
Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.
The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.