Arts Alliance of Northern NH – Slam Poet in Residency – A Week of Events

An Amazing Week of Workshops, Performances, Open Mics & Conversations with  Slam Poet Mckendy Fils-Aime!

The Arts Alliance of Northern NH’s residency with poet and educator Mckendy Fils-Aime began on Sunday, and continues with a weeks of workshops (for writers,

teachersyouth and families), open mics and community conversations.

Mckendy is a Haitian-American poet and educator living in Manchester, NH, where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host of his home slam, the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam, Mckendy 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. 

Whether you love poetry, write poetry, or just want to find out what slam poetry is, you’re invited to attend one of the many offerings during Mckendy’s week-long residency, which will include visits to schools from Bristol to Berlin as well as many public programs.

Mckendy will emcee and perform at two open mics for all ages, one in Gorham (Friday) and one in Littleton (Saturday). He ‘ll also perform at the Arts Alliance’s Annual BYOP in Plymouth (Tuesday), and he’ll emcee a Colebrook BYOP (Thursday).

We begin and end the residency with community conversations on race and poverty in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s legacy. After Mckendy shares some of his poems, Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University will facilitate discussion about these issues and how they affect us here in New Hampshire.

Check out the schedule below and visit our website or contact us to learn more. Preregistration for our workshops and BYOPs is encouraged. Follow the “register” links or email us for more information (and to register, if there’s no button for that event).
Conversation on Race & Poverty in Light of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

5 p.m. Sunday, January 18 

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ

4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH  

Free — donations gratefully accepted.


Workshops for Writers

“The Art in Speaking”
For professionals and new writers alike — ages 12 & up

3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 17

Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main St., Bethlehem, NH


2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 18 (to be confirmed)

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ – Fellowship Hall

4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH

$10/Adults, $8/AANNH Members, and $5/Students, $3 for AANNH Member Students. If price is a hardship, please come as our guest.

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

Collaborative Poetry Writing Workshops for Famlies

3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, January 14

Whitney Community Center, 10 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson, NH
Presented in partnership with the Jackson Grammar School

9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, January 17

Littleton Opera House, 2 Union St., Littleton, NH – Join Mckendy for one of two special workshops for all ages 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 parents are invited to participate together. Donations gratefully accepted!

Workshop for Middle and High-School 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

Presented in partnership with Project Youth
Free – Donations welcome!

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 workshop, participants will incorporate spoonerisms into various writing prompts and even get the chance to create their own. Only a few spaces remain – please ore-register.

Open Mics & Poetry Sharing

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

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 invited to join us. Want to read a poem by a favorite author — or just come listen? All are welcome! 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 performance tips and guidelines

Poetry & Music Open Mic

Saturday, January 17:
7 p.m. sign up, 7:30 p.m. program

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.

Plus 2 BYOPs (Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, Presentation…)

at which you can share your art in any form — and hear Mckendy share his.

Tuesday, January 13 at Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Main St., Plymouth, NH; Learn more and register!

Thursday, January 15 at Moose Muck Coffee House, Colebrook, NH; Learn more and register!

BYOP participants will have 2-3 minutes to share their art, whether it’s poetry, music, painting or something else entirely. Representatives of cultural organizations are also invited to come talk about their work. Limited gallery wall space available in Plymouth (bring an easel if you can). Please register and let us know if, and what, you’ll be sharing or performing. All ages welcome. Plymouth starts with a meeting and dessert potluck, Colebrook with networking and a chance to purchase food from the Coffee House menu.






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