June 12th – Lulu Hawkes & iWPS Qualifier Slam

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Lulu Hawkes is a slam and spoken word poet who’s originally from Zimbabwe but has lived in Southern Maine for the past 14 years. Lulu has an extensive poetry background. She represented Worcester and 7 Hills Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, New York last year spring. She also presented her research at the African Literature Association conference which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been writing her entire life but jump-started her performance career when she was in high school. Lulu first debuted her talent when she competed in Poetry Out Loud, a high school level poetry recitation competition. She ended up representing the state of Maine in Washington DC at the national level of the competition. After that Lulu began entering adult level slam competitions in Portland and had a few of her poems published in newspapers and academic journals. Lulu has facilitated writing and performance workshops for elementary, middle school, and high school students in different parts of New England working with mostly African immigrants and refugee populations. She aims to encourage diasporic and social justice oriented writing. She has also run art expression workshops in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Lulu has been a feature throughout New England. Currently, Lulu is an Accelerated Masters student at Clark University. She’s studying Community Development and Planning with a focus in Youth Work. She hopes to cultivate her social justice performance art into a career to some capacity. But for now she continues to run youth arts and social justice workshops for in the area.

This month our slam will be a qualifier for iWPS! Bring out yer best & slam it good =)

Open mic goes up at 7:30 and the show starts at 8.

$5 suggested donation (however we turn no one away). COME EARLY STAY LATE! Order food! Order drink (if of proper age with proper ID) meet people, catch up with people you have already met and EVERYTHING in between!