The poetic art form of spoken word is hoping to find a home in the community of Chestermere.
Local author and spoken word artist Arnold Henry formed the group Word Up Chestermere with his fiancé Stephanie Beninger and the couple are hosting the community’s first spoken word open mic night at North Taphouse Oct. 18.
“The whole idea of introducing this into Chestermere is for aspiring spoken word artists or poets to have platform to perform in their own community,” Henry said.
Though everyone’s style is different, Henry said spoken word is a creative outlet for expressing thoughts through word aesthetics and rhyming.
It’s a place, Henry said, where one can “really put pen to paper” and collect thoughts in a manner that does away with restrictions and boundaries.
“When you perform it, you hope that someone can relate to your own story and be inspired or moved by your words,” he said. “That’s what spoken word is all about.”
For Henry, this connection became widespread when he uploaded a video of himself performing a spoken word piece about the miscarriage of the couple’s identical twins at 10 weeks.
He said people reached out to support the couple through the difficult time and share their own stories of loss.