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January 6, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Start the new year off with a poetry workshop and youth poetry slam featuring the wonderful Johnny MacRae.

This is a FREE event at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library. We have a 1 hour writing workshop from 5:30-6:30 where poets create new work to be followed by an open mic/poetry slam. It’s open to poets 13-20 years of age. It’s a lot of fun and FREE.

There will also be a 3 poem mini feature by our workshop leader.

Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet. The 2013 Poet of Honour for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, he has been a regional and a national poetry slam champion. Since 2010, MacRae has regularly toured across Canada and the United States, both solo and as a member of psychedelic spoken word duo, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac.

Workshop Description: “Lying to Tell the Truth”

Starting from the premise that creative expression can never be “the honest truth,” this workshop examines the creative possibilities of using fictional frameworks as a way to express personal truths. In particular, this workshop focuses on channeling the personal urgency of speaking from the heart into extended metaphor, as a means of making your poems for effective vehicles for what you want to say, while expanding opportunities for random members of your audience to engage with your work.


January 6, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mike McGee features at Van Slam

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