Writing Your Truth: A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop
November 13 and 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST

Register for our Spoken Word Poetry Workshop, where students and educators will conjure their fiercest selves and dive into the elements of slam poetry. In this two-session workshop, we will explore identity and write our truth by listing the sensory details that empower us and the triggers that call on us to act courageously. We will candidly explore our up-against-the-wall moments, find ways to express who we are in the face of adversity, and reflect on the small moments in our lives that bring us joy during this time of quarantine and protests against racial injustice. This workshop is for middle and high school students of all writing and performance levels. Whole classes are encouraged to participate together!

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Create an environment of trust and empathy through listening and being open-minded.
  • Learn about the connection between human rights and the arts and how they can use art to inspire change in their communities and beyond.
  • Learn about the use of art as a tool to help people move through trauma.
  • Develop storytelling and performance techniques.


Sessions will be hosted by Regie Cabico, a spoken word poetry pioneer. He has won the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam as well as top prizes in three National Poetry Slams, and he has appeared on TEDx, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and NPR’s Snap Judgment. He is the producer of Capturing Fire: A Queer Spoken Word Slam, and he co-edited Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for best anthology. He is the lead spoken word poetry teaching artist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Questions? Email sttp@rfkhumanrights.org!