Spoken Word Poetry with Ryan Parker
Riverwood Poetry Series @ Real Art Ways will host the Spoken Word poetry of Manchester Poet Laureate, Ryan Parker, on Tuesday, February 8th, at 7 PM via Zoom, followed by discussion and a time for questions and answers.
Registration is required, but the event is free of charge and open to everyone.
An open mic will follow. One or two poems may be read. Please register for the open mic at RiverwoodPoetry@yahoo.com.
A youth empowerment activist and district Race & Equity Coordinator who presents regularly at education conferences and various schools and universities abroad, Ryan Parker’s work focuses on race in education, the power of hip hop pedagogy, and the necessity of centering black and brown youth amplifying their lived experiences, voices, and brilliance! As the 2019-2022 Poet Laureate of Manchester, CT and the coach of the Manchester-based youth spoken word poetry slam team PaperVoices, Parker’s work as a poet, educator, and activist extends outside of the walls of his school building.
Named as one of the 2020 Peace Heroes of Connecticut, Parker’s most recent collection of poems is centered on his thoughts, feelings, and freedom dreams attached to both the Covid 19 pandemic as well as the pandemic of racism that has always existed but is just now being highlighted, bolded and italicized for some.