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Louisville Literary Arts & 21c Louisville present

Poetry Out Loud: How to Perform Your Poems

a 4-week writing workshop series with culminating reading

Dates: Sundays, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

Times: 1:00-3:00 PM

Where: 21c Louisville, 700 West Main Street

Reading: Monday, 10/29

Time: 6:00-7:30PM

Where: 21c Louisville

Poetry Out Loud

Explore the revolution of spoken word poetry in this four-week workshop. From composition to performance, you will be guided on how to "write to speak," and will workshop your piece both in written and spoken form, with one session dedicated solely to the performance aspect of poetry. Lessons will include “Writing for Reading” and “Finding Your Voice – Literally” to “Spoken Word and Slam for Dummies” and “Poetry as Performance Art.” A public reading will be held at the end of the four weeks to showcase your work.


Lana Dean Helm is a local poet who has performed at over 100 open mics in the past 3 years. She holds an MFA from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and is a professor at Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Louisville. In 2017, Lana received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem, "Shadows of Birds." Several of her "octopus poems" and other works are in print in various anthologies and collections in the US as well as in the UK. You can find Lana on most social media platforms as @lanadeanhelm. 

Venue Information

700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Organizer Information

Louisville Literary Arts

1512 Portland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40203

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