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I Slam, Therefore I Am!
Writer's Garret

July, 2015

I Slam, Therefore I Am

Joaquín Zihuatanejo 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

12 - 3  PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218 


The first rule of slam club is everyone talks about slam club! This is a dream of mine, to spread the art of poetry slam across the country. A poetry slam is a spoken word poetry competition where poets don't slam other They slam their papers to the ground as they breathe life into their poems with performance and voice and nuance.  

I hope to make students realize that once you read a poem aloud it becomes a spoken word poem, but to be a truly great slam poem it needs to be odd, different, unique, much like the students and poets I work with on a daily basis.Well, how does one learn how to write an effective slam poem? I'm glad you asked because that's exactly what this workshop is all about.  

Through interactive exercises, quick writes, writing prompts, and modeling you will get a first hand look at how to create an astonishing performance or slam poem. This workshop will be lead by the only poet on the entire planet to win the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship held here in North America and the European World Cup of Poetry Slam Championship held in Paris, France, Joaquín Zihuatanejo. Words will leap off the page through voice as we give life to poetry. Memories will be relived in some poems while women (or men) might swoon in others. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. And remember the first rule of slam club...everyone talks about slam club, so spread the word and let's pack this workshop with young poets for an award winning poet and teacher from Dallas!


Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquín strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. Joaquín has been called by critics, "one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks." A National Poetry Slam Finalist, Grand Slam Spoken Word Champion, and HBO Def Poet, Joaquín has performed his poetry at universities, conferences and poetry slams all over the Unites States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, Joaquin was featured on season five of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry for HBO.

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Check out the other classes we're offering for kids this summer!



Improv for Kids with Catherine Brockette



The Write Stuff with CJ Critt 



Zine Camp with Lisa Huffacker



College Entrance Essay Camp wth CJ Critt

1st Saturdays, 4-6 PM

at The Writer's Garret
10809 Garland Road
(enter door on the left)


3rd Saturdays, 4-6 PM

at Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff
633 W. Davis St.


Stone Soup Critique Groups:

1st & 3rd Tuesdays 
Mixed Genre 
with Jim Dolan

7-9 PM
at Lucky Dog Books 
(next door to The Garret)


2nd Tuesdays Poetry  
at The Writer's Garret 
10809 Garland Road 
(enter door on the left)

Saturdays (2nd & 4th) 

Prose & Poetry Stone Soup 

Peer Critique Workshop

with  Mark David Noble
10 AM - 12 PM
at The Writer's Garret
10809 Garland Road
(enter door on the left)



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