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dubbing it up this august 26
I was excited to recieve news today that S.T.E.P.U.P. (Speech That Enlightens People Uplifts Places), a youth poetry project of the Dub Poets Collective in Toronto, is launching a printed anthology of its greatest youth poets! It’s called R/evolutionary Harvest, and it harvests the work done by the collective over the past year.
The anthology launch is on August 26, from 4-6pm at Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street), one of the best venues in Toronto for spoken word art.
I first mentioned S.T.E.P.U.P. in an article about dub poet d’bi young in Shameless Issue 8 (Fall/Winter 2006). Back then the group was a dub-based summer seminar that provided an opportunity for youthful poets to create, perform, and network with renowned spoken word artists. It has now grown into a socially active youth poetry collective, promoting power of voice over force of violence.
In the words of Klyde Broox: “R/evolutionary Harvest is a collection of works reflective of S.T.E.P.U.P.’s diligent commitment to both performance and literary craft. As individuals, the collective brings a multi-cultured blend of unique styles to the page and stage. As a collective, its members continue to produce poems that embody the transformative power of the word.”
The event is hosted by Klyde Broox, with performances by anthology contributors.
Cost of Admission: for youth, it’s “pay what you can” and for adults, $5 ($15 including book).