Mckendy Fils-Aime, Haitian-American slam poet and educator, visits us from Manchester, NH, where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host of Slam Free or Die. Mckendy teaches poetry to students and adults in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and he performs slam poetry throughout the country. 

Some of Mckendy's work focuses on race & identity, and he will lead an exploration of issues of race & poverty in light of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy during his residency.

Join us for an exciting lineup of workshops (including a writers' workshop, a family workshop and a workshop for middle and high school youth), assemblies, open mics, public performances and conversations. Join us for one or for many of the events we're scheduling throughout northern New Hampshire from January 11 - January 18, 2015. (Right-click for a poster with all of the Plymouth events or Littleton/Bethlehem events.) 

Please note - our Plymouth event will be held as scheduled despite the ice. We encourage you to stay home and safe, but if you choose to join us, please drive carefully.


In Celebration of Martin Luther, King, Jr.'s Legacy

Poetry Reading & Conversation on Race & Poverty in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy

# 1: 10 a.m., Sunday, January 11 (part of the Sunday service)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes
30 Tamworth Rd., Tamworth, NH
Donations Gratefully Accepted - All Are Welcome

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# 2: 5 p.m., Sunday, January 18 

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH 
Donations Gratefully Accepted - All Are Welcome

This event will be held as planned despite the ice, but please drive carefully if you choose to come. We encourage you to stay home and safe.

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Mckendy will introduce himself and share some of his poetry on themes of race & identity. Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University will then facilitate a discussion with Mckendy and those in attendance around issues of race & poverty in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. 


Poetry Performances and Open Mics

Register

6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13

Karl Drerup Art Gallery
150 Main St., Plymouth, NH
Mckendy will perform at our BYOP (Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, Potluck)
Free; Donations Gratefully Accepted

Join us for our Annual BYOP! All will have 2-3 minutes to share their art, whether its poetry, music, painting or something else entirely! Limited wall space available (bring an easel if you can) - please register and let us know if, and what, you'll be sharing or performing. All ages welcome. 6-6:30 Annual Meeting, 6:30-7 p.m. Potluck Desserts & Pop-Up Exhibit, 7 p.m. Presentations

Download poster. 

Register

6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 15

Moose Muck Coffee House
25 Parsons St., Colebrook, NH
Mckendy will emcee and perform at our BYOP (Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, etc.)
Free; Donations Gratefully Accepted; Full Menu Available

Join us for a North Country BYOP! All will have 2-3 minutes to share their art, whether its poetry, music, painting or something else entirely! Please register and let us know if, and what, you'll be sharing or presenting. All ages welcome. 6-6:30 Network & Nosh (full Moose Muck menu available), 6:30 Performance/Open Mic. 

Poster with Colebrook location. 

Poster with both locations. 

6:30 p.m. sign up, 7 p.m. Literary Open Mic, Friday, January 16

Literary Open Mic - Medallion Opera House
20 Park St., Gorham, NH
An all-ages community open mic; Free - donations gratefully accepted. 

Whether you are a published writer or just wrote your first short story or poem and want to share it, you are welcome to join us. All are welcome to attend the event at 7 p.m. Those who wish to perform need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up and meet with Mckendy for a mini-workshop with some tips and guidelines to help make the event a success. 

Download poster here. 

7 p.m. sign up, 7:30 p.m. Poetry & Music Open Mic, Saturday, January 17

Littleton Opera House
2 Union St., Littleton, NH
An all-ages community open mic; Free - donations gratefully accepted. 

Whether you are a writer, love to read your favorite poems, or want to share a few songs (original or covers), join us (and bring your family & friends) for an all-ages open mic at the Littleton Opera House. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. 

Download poster here.

Purchase TicketsTeacher Workshop

Tuesday, 1/13, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.networking & snacks; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. workshop

Bradford Room, Centre Lodge, Plymouth State University, 8 Merrill St., Plymouth, NH
$10 Workshop Fee, $8 Fee for Educators from AANNH Member Schools, $5 Fee for AANNH Individual or Family Members

Slam is one of today's most exciting ways to introduce poetry to students. This progressive performance-based art deals with a wide array of topics. In this 90-minute workshop, learn which resources are the most efficient for bringing slam poetry to students. Teachers will be provided with text, video and audio of several performance poems appropriate for school. This workshop is best for those who work with grades 4 & up. Register here!

Parking information is here. There is hourly parking in 405, right next to Center Lodge.

Download the poster here.

Additional Workshops (Youth, Family, Writers)

Additional Workshops with Mckendy Fils-Aime

# 1: Workshop for Youth: The Art in Speaking

5:30-7 p.m., Monday, January 12
Lin-Wood Public School, 72 Linwood Dr., Lincoln, NH
$5/Students, $3/AANNH Student or Family Members

Long before it was written, poetry was an oral art form - it was spoken. Because of movements like poetry slam and Poetry Out Loud, more & more people are returning to these roots. In this workshop we discover new ways to give life to the written word. During this session, learn the basics of giving an effective poetry performance. Download poster.

# 2: Workshop for Youth: Spoonerisms - It's What's For Dinner 

3-4:45 p.m., Friday, January 16
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2 High St., Berlin, NH
FREE - Donations welcome! (Limited space - please preregister.)

Do you like wordplay? Do you like a good joke? This may be the workshop for you! A spoonerism is a verbal error in which the speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words, often with humorous effect. In this hilarious workshop, participants will incorporate spoonerisms into various writing prompts and even get the chance to create their own. Download poster. 

# 3: A Collaborative Poetry Workshop for Families

3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, January 14
Whitney Community Center, 10 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson, NH
Donations Gratefully Accepted

9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, January 17
Littleton Opera House, 2 Union St., Littleton, NH
Donations Gratefully Accepted

Join Mckendy for a special workshop for families on writing collaborative poetry. We will look at various poetry forms and a template that can be used to write multi-voice poems. Students and family members are invited to participate together! (Poster for Jackson here, poster for Littleton here.)

# 4: The Art of Speaking: A Workshop for Writers

3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 17
Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main St., Bethlehem, NH

2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 18 (tentative)
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH

Bethlehem workshop is free. Plymouth workshop: $10/Adults, $8/AANNH Members, $5/Students, $3 for AANNH Student Members. No one will be turned away if price is a hardship. For professionals and new writers alike, ages 12 & up. 

Long before it was written, poetry was an oral art form - it was spoken. Because of movements like poetry slam & Poetry Out Loud, more & more people are returning to these roots. In this workshop we discover new ways to give life to the written word. Learn the basics of giving an effective poetry performance. (Poster for Bethlehem here, for Plymouth here.)


Mckendy Fils-Aime

Mckendy Fils-Aime is a Haitian-American poet & educator living in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host for his home slam, the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam and perennial semi-finalist, as well as a Pushcart nominee, he has been published in Freezeray, Word Riot, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, Prayer in the Cracks