Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto
We are a two round slam and an anything goes open mic. Bring all your talents. Don't forget the real prize of the night is the coveted Queirdo! for most creative. The winner will move on to finals at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in April then the grand prize is a trip to Capturing Fire, The Queer Summit & Slam in Washington DC in later June.
Our feature, is just a champion human being. Meet him first at the Workshop (4pm at Glad Day Bookstore), then come to the show at Buddies 8pm
Inali Barger is a spoken word artist, educator, community advocate, activist, and has a habit of turning false dichotomies into biodegradable confetti. He has coached individuals and teams of poets to help them breathe into their own truths, locate their own experiences, and edit (self/others/the world, through words). Inali addresses intersectionality through the context of addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, physical illness, queerness, research for advocacy on behalf of himself and others, and his nearly 11 years of dedication to the London Poetry Slam and Canadian spoken word community. He has competed nationally five times, placing 2nd nationally on the London Poetry Slam team in 2016, and was Underground Indies champ in 2017. He has performed, offered workshops, and spoken on panels at international and national conferences, universities, high schools, public schools, libraries, drop-in centres, living rooms and in conversations with strangers.
Workshop Poetry as Knowledge Translation: This workshop will focus on writing poetry with the goals of clarity and translating emotions and events across many contexts and experiences. We will briefly discuss intersectionality in writing as it relates to accessible language and individual experience, participate in a few writing exercises, and spend some time at the end to edit if time allows. Please bring writing materials (if you have extra, consider bringing some for your neighbour, as they might not have any). All ages and levels of experience are welcome.