Petals and Thorns: Poetry and Spoken Word Spring Break Camp

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Isaka Shamsud-Din Center for Re-Engagement, 1420 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211

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The Petals and Thorns Spoken Word Camp is an intensive writing and spoken word poetry camp, that was first established in Summer 2022 and documented in the short film Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word Journey, which was featured as part of Portland Playhouse's "Return to Wonderland" film festival that took place in September 2022.

During the Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM program, camp participants (youth 8th through 12 grade) will have the opportunity to learn about the skill and art of poetry by studying both popular and lesser known poets, while strengthening their critical thinking skills, writing skills, communication skills, public speaking skills and presentation/performance skills. Camp participants will be assisted to craft their own poetry and spoken word performance to be shared with family and friends on Friday, March 29th at 4 PM.

Because a large part of the camp will involve developing their own spoken word pieces and designating adequate time for practice leading up to the final day's performance, it is very important that camp participants arrive and leave on-time, attend everyday and participate in all activities to the best of their ability. Consistent attendance and participation also aids in developing rapport and community amongst the camp participants as a whole and contributes to a better camp experience overall. Please do not register and take up a slot if you know your child will not be able to attend all days of the camp in its entirety.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day. While we are making efforts to include vegan, gluten-free and peanut-free options, feel free to bring your own food. We require that all food and drink brought be peanut-free.

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CITY OF PORTLAND'S OFFICE OF YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION. Please inquire if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Questions?

Contact Miss La Toya at (971) 600-1065 or ThePoetLadyRose@gmail.com

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The brainchild of first-time filmmaker La Toya A. Hampton, MSW aka The Poet Lady Rose and commissioned by Portland Playhouse as part of their Return to Wonderland 2022 short film festival, follows the experience of a group of Black Portland teens--Nathaniel, Aaliyah, Alyssa and Olivia in a 1-week intensive writing and spoken word camp. Follow their journey as they go from novice writers to creating their own poetry, culminating in their triumphant first public performance.

Director: La Toya A. Hampton, MSW aka The Poet Lady Rose

Producers: Charles Grant, Portland Playhouse                                                                                                    La Toya A. Hampton, MSW aka The Poet Lady Rose🌹                                     

Cast: La Toya A. Hampton, MSW aka The Poet Lady Rose - Camp Facilitator                             Nathaniel Tripp Folsom  aka The Poet Tripp- Youth Poet                                                       Aaliyah Williams  aka The Known Poet Aaliyah - Youth Poet                                                 Olivia Russ aka The Poet Lady Lassie - Youth Poet                                                                     Alyssa Calhoun aka The Beloved Catherine - Youth Poet

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Original Inspiration for the Film: In 2020, when the COVID pandemic disrupted our world and redefined what "normal" was for many, even mentally and physically "healthy" well-equipped and well-resourced adults found themselves struggling with and adapting to the rapid, drastic change and often multiple losses. But what about the youth? How were they really impacted? You might think you know, but do you? Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word Journey will document a group of youth and their involvement in a writing and spoken workshop designed to develop, center and elevate youth voicing of their experience in the COVID world and beyond. Participants will share their works in a spoken word performance open to the community.