OUR APOLOGIES FOR TAKING SO LONG TO POST THIS!!!
To honour and support National Poetry Month, our theme for the April edition of Mouth Piece Storytelling was ‘The Road’ (that was the theme of National Poetry Month too! #somethingborrowed) I’ll admit that this theme was chosen because your host (me! Vanessa) is a poet herself. I wanted to gather three very special poets together as Guest Storytellers to share their ‘road to poetry’ stories. They all said yes! Talk about cat’s pyjamas – I was thrilled to share the stage with Benny Alexander, host and poet at Toast Open Mic, Courtney King, Slam poet and rep for Windsor Poetry Slam, and Teajai Travis creator/founder of the Bloomfield House and Free Verse Poetry events.
Here we all are…as happy as can be!
Each of these tremendous people had a chance to share their story, and they did with passion and conviction.
Benny was up first, represeting Toast Open Mic.
Followed by the sweetly nervous Courtney King, representing Windsor Poetry Slam. Courtney also joined me at CBC to be on Windsor Morning to talk about slam poetry and storytelling. Thanks again Courtney!
Teajai Travis, founder of Bloomfield House and Free Verse Poetry and Spoken Word, rounded out our Guest Storyteller ‘road to poetry’ story that literally took him across the country.
After our Guest Storytellers spoke, I was completely inspired, and grateful for the hard work, passion and dedication to community that Windsorites live and breath each day. It’s a special road, it is, the creative road. But it sure is heartwarming and beautiful, ain’t it?
Soul Brother Stef did some of his wicked beat mixing and serenaded us with his sexy falsetto in between stories and during intermissions.
Here are the incredible and brave storytellers! Alex, Ashley, Joan, Hani, Frankie, Nathanya, Jay!
Storytellers shared intimate and comical stories about all kinds of different roads they took to things like self-confidence, graduation, self-love and, of course, the literal family ‘road’ trip!
Congratulations to our Master Mouth Piece – Nathanya!!
Thank you again to our sound guru Lauren H, our masterful music-magician Soul Brother Stef, photographer Katie Hawkins, The Foundry Pub staff, our guest storytellers, local media support, and our dedicated audience – all of whom give their time and hearts to keeping this little-storytelling-engine-that-could alive and well!
We’ll see you at the next one! Thursday, June 30, 2016 – The Music Edition!