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Tending the Branches: Community Building Through Poetry with Kai Cheng Thom

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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.

This last session in the series is called Tending the Branches: Community Building Through Poetry: How can we use our individual artistic/poetic gifts to rebuild community in the wake of COVID-19, collective trauma, and isolation? What is the role of spoken word and the arts in repairing the wounds caused by systemic oppression and natural disaster? Kai Cheng Thom, MSc, spoken word poet and somatic healer will facilitate an exploration of the connective properties of poetry. This workshop invites poets to think beyond individual accomplishment and competition and embrace an ethics of poetry that speaks to the communal soul.

About the lead facilitator: Kai Cheng Thom, is a writer, performer, wicked witch and lasagna lover who was born on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver and currently makes her home in Toronto, the Dish With One Spoon treaty territory. She has been a featured performer and workshop facilitator at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and Verses International Poetry Festival, among others. Her debut collection of poetry a place called No Homeland was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is also the author of a novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, and a children's book, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea.

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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