A Poetry Rocks the District reading with Regie Cabico and friends Sunday Sept 26

Join Regie Cabico and friends on zoom Sunday September 26th, 2021 6-7pm to celebrate completion of the Poetry Rocks the District project and to hear poets featured in the curriculum and DC student poets.

To attend on zoom individuals must register for tickets using the eventbrite here, and the event will livestream to the Day Eight facebook page.

The Poetry Rocks project includes ten video lessons connecting students and teachers to the art of slam poetry and the city of Washington, D.C. Each lesson features an area poet and a poem by Cabico responding to the poet, and more.

I Don’t Understand: a Poetry Rocks the District Collection is a book created to support student/teacher use of the video lessons. The book was designed by Studio 3440 and features cover art by Sasha Sinclair. Poets featured in the curriculum and book include Jon Sands, Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Kim Roberts, REIL, Kim B Miller, Esther Popel Shaw, Jeffrey Banks, Marlena Chertock, and Phyllis Wheatley. Student poets featured in the book include Lilou Culhane, Jasmine Kwok, and Emily Lippock. The Poetry Rocks project and I Don’t Understand collection were made possible by support from HumanitiesDC, and with additional support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Join us Sunday September 26th on zoom to hear poets featured in the collection and curriculum, including Regie Cabico, Marlena Chertock, REIL, and Dwayne Lawson-Brown, and student poets Lilou Culhane, Jasmine Kwok, and Emily Lippock. Following the poetry reading there will be a brief discussion of the POETRY ROCKS project. This event will be recorded.

REGIE CABICO is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement, and MTV’s Free Your Mind. He received the 2006 Writers for Writers award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital. He is the lead teaching artist for Poetry Out Loud and features in videos for the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation. As a theater artist, he received three New York Innovative Theater Award nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production. The Kenyon Review described him, the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and he has been listed in BUST magazine’s 100 Men We Love. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn’s Portraits Project at NYU has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco. He is the publisher of Capturing Fire Press and resides in Washington, D.C.

Teachers and school leaders interested to access the Poetry Rocks video curriculum or to receive copies of the I Don’t Understand collection are asked to email: admin <at> DayEight.org.