Sunday, January 18, 2009

Trapped Truth poet to teach at Multicultural Center

January 18, featured reader Joanna Ballard, right, presided over the afternoon gathering of poets, writers, and a few supportive listeners. Joanna, a professional storyteller, will lead workshops on oral presentation of poetry in February.

The Multicultural Center of the South is offering Love Poetry performance workshops for all ages, conducted by professional storyteller and spoken word artist Joanna Ballard. The family-oriented workshops will be held the first two Saturdays in February. Cost is $10.00 a person, $8.00 for seniors and age 11 and under, or $18.00 family rate.

Performers may attend one or both workshops, to be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. on February, 7th and 12:30-1:30 p.m. February 14th. The workshop on the 14th will be followed by a performance of participants at 1:30 p.m. General public admission $4.00 for the Love Poetry Performance Showcase. Those attending the workshops are asked to bring a favorite love poem, their own work or someone else’s, no longer than five minutes, and appropriate for all ages.

Workshops will cover stage presence, body language, and projection along with other aspects of public live performance. Attendees are encouraged, though it is not required, to attend both workshops and to participate in the final performance. The workshops are designed for beginning performers but would also be good refresher courses for others, and a great family activity.

Joanna Ballard is a Shreveport storyteller with a bachelor’s of arts degree in English and a minor in theater. Joanna has been performing poetry (her own as well as others' work) for over three decades.

For more information or to pre-register, as spaces are limited, please call Janice Gatlin at 424-1380.

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