Writing as Activism

Gardening is Civil - and one way of maintaining civility is civic engagement. I improve my neighbourhood, community and social fabric by advocating, participating in local activities and having a strong voice.

Today I wrote poems about the need for civic action towards improving our food security and food networks in a Writing as Activism workshop with B.C. social justice poet Lisa Slater hosted by HYP-Slam.

Writing as Activism - Spoken word poetry is a grassroots art movement reclaiming poetry from the literary elite and putting the oral tradition back in the hands of ordinary people. As a result, there is tremendous potential for us to use our writing as a tool for social justice and to give voice to marginalized stories and experiences. Exploring political issues that they care about, workshop participants will learn strategies to meaningfully address those issues and craft compelling and interesting poetry advocating for social justice

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