At 7 p.m., Nov. 18, 19 and 20, a team from Young Chicago Authors (YCA) returns to Sheboygan to share their collaborative workshop and interactions with area community members in a spoken word poetry performance on stage at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan.
The piece has never been seen before. “It is very site specific and has been thoughtfully created with the community in mind. We are really excited for people to see it and to get people’s reaction to the work,” said Kevin Coval, artistic director for YCA via email from a show on the east coast.
For more than 20 years, YCA has hosted long-term residencies in high schools around the city of Chicago. For five weeks every year, the group organizes the largest youth poetry festival in the world, Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB). It’s inspiration from that program that Coval and Associate Artistic Director Jamila Woods will showcase on stage next week.
Spoken word, otherwise known as performance poetry, involves speaking out and sharing personal experiences. It’s a medium that has been gathering interest around the globe in high-profile venues such as the White House and Vancouver Winter Olympic Games as well as at open mic nights in corner cafés.