Muskegon County teens invited to free poetry workshop this summer


MUKSEGON, MI – A free nine-week summer program invites teens in Muskegon County to learn more about poetry and spoken word writing.

Local poets Ebony Davis, known as Gemini Da Poet, and G. Foster II, known as Autopilot, will teach teens how to “tell their stories through poetry and performance,” according to reports on the event.

Poetry Empowered sessions will be held at Mahali, 2780 Peck St., on Tuesdays throughout the summer starting July 6.

Classes until August 17 will start at noon and classes on August 24 and 31 will start at 4 p.m.

Lunch will be provided by Kuntry Cookin ‘from Muskegon.

Fifteen slots are available in the program, and anyone interested in registering can register here.

Poetry Empowered will end with a student presentation at Mahali on September 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Diatribe, a spoken poetry group, partnered with Health West, Mahali and Kuntry Cookin ‘to host the workshop focused on mental health.

Nonprofits run after-school programs, creative writing workshops and more to raise awareness of social issues and allow young people to share their stories.

The Diatribe also launched Project 49507 in Grand Rapids this summer.

Seven local artists of color will paint large-scale murals in the city’s 49507 zip code. Students can participate in the project and will perform oral poetry during the unveiling of the murals.

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