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Coping Practice for Performers with Charlie Petch

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Join award-winning poet, author, and somatic healer Kai Cheng Thom, MSc for a writing workshop series on the healing power of poetry.

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Workshop Series - Poetic Skills for Grounding and Growth: Join award-winning poet, author, and somatic healer Kai Cheng Thom, MSc, in collaboration with Guelph Spoken Word, for a deep dive into the healing power of poetry. Long before the publishing industry and the poetry slam, word-workers have used the spoken word to access transformation and resilience. The role of poet and artist was intertwined with that of healer and spirit-worker. It's time to take that power back. In this trauma-informed workshop series, participants will learn how to bring body, soul, and spoken word together for personal growth, collective healing, and community building.

The fourth workshop in the series is called Coping Practice for Performers, facilitated by Charlie Petch. As performers we are often told to “leave it all onstage”. Sometimes this propels us into sharing things we are not ready for, or re-traumatization. In this workshop we will have discussions about what we need to take care of ourselves onstage and off. We will also have a writing exercise that is designed to reshape our relationship with what we’ve been told to be embarrassed about. Be ready to engage in, or witness; frank discussion, humour as technique, and coping practices for performance.

About the facilitator: Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth national festival, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it's a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. In 2021, they are launching "Daughter of Geppetto", a multimedia/dance/music/performance poetry piece with Wind in the Leaves (TBA), their first full length poetry collection "Why I Was Late" in Sept with Brick Books, and their libretto "Medusa's Children" with Opera QTO. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com.

Dates: The five sessions run every other Saturday at 2pm ET starting on July 3. You can drop in for individual sessions or attend all five. Note that you must be on the Eventbrite page for the date in which you want to buy a drop in pass! You can find all the dates on our Eventbrite organizer profile or by following the links below.

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Cost: $15 per session. $50 for all five. If cost presents a barrier, please email info@guelphspokenword.com.

**Due to grant funding to support accessible programming during the pandemic, this workshop is highly subsidized for participants. Poetry workshops typically cost around $25 per session **

Accessibility: Zoom live captioning will be enabled. Please indicate any other accessibility needs in your registration form, or you can send them by email to info@guelphspokenword.com.

Content warning: The workshops are open to all ages, however language and content may be mature and intense for participants. Discretion is advised.

This event is consent-focused space; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before providing advice/feedback on artist work.

Guelph Spoken Word operates on the traditional territory of the Chonnonton, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee peoples, and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We acknowledge the Two Row Wampum and Dish With One Spoon Covenant, and are responsible for upholding the agreements our ancestors made here. Indigenous peoples are integral to the story of this land. It is up to each of us to repair the damage done by settlers and the state of Canada, and build relationships based on reciprocity, respect and reconciliation. 

We thank our funders and partners: City of Guelph, Guelph Spoken Word, Guelph Arts Council and Art Not Shame.

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Guelph Spoken Word is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit arts organization that focuses on bringing poetry and spoken word events to the Guelph community.

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