They discuss the upcoming event, the importance of being able to communicate, and the power of connecting through a common/shared memory.
The event is on October 3 at Harvard High School at 6:30 p.m.
For organizations interested in sponsoring Harvard Mic Drop, please contact Amber Bowgren at 815-943-4022 Ext. 2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard Mic Drop is a school and community event created to raise awareness of the importance of oral language development. Participants will be coached through a cycle that includes: taking one’s thoughts, putting them to paper, and then performing the work on stage in front of an audience. Harvard Mic Drop is a grassroots effort led by passionate educators and community members that believe in developing our scholars’ oral language, self-confidence, social-emotional development, and public speaking skills. Participants can express themselves through various modes such as poetry, storytelling, rap, slam poetry, creative writing, descriptive art, sign language, and more!
Harvard CUSD 50’s very first Harvard Mic Drop is October 3, 2019. This event is open to all High School and Junior High students and members of the Harvard community. We believe learning is a two-way street in which our scholars can learn from the messages of our community members and our community members can learn from the messages of our scholars.
Take the Stage! Become a Participant in FIVE EASY STEPS!
- Express interest with your classroom teacher or one of the lead developers.
- Think about your topic or theme that you are passionate about and which language you will perform with. (English, Spanish, English/Spanish, American Sign Language, or others)
- Choose your mode of expression: poetry, storytelling, rap, slam poetry, creative writing, descriptive art, sign language, or other.
- Forecast how long you envision yourself ‘on the mic.’
- Complete the registration form.
JOSÉ OLIVAREZ is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. José is a master teaching artist. in 2017-2018, he was the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago, IL. In the past, he has led writing workshops & diversity training for institutions such as: Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, The Adirondack Center for Writing, Inside Out Literary Arts, & many more community organizations & universities. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.
LUIS CARRANZA is from the southwest side of Chicago. He is a writer, community organizer, and activist. Luis was captain of Little Village High School poetry slam team, and a Louder Than A Bomb semi-finalist. He has performed at Villapalooza, Art Institute of Chicago, Mamby on the Beach, and Open Books. Luis works with an organization called Young Chicago Authors and Through creative writing, they help young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable.Click here to REGISTER!
An Emmy award-winning storyteller and writer, Jim May’s stories are hilarious, touching, and filled with the many characters who populated the Illinois farming community where his family has lived since the 1840s. His story collection,The Farm on Nippersink Creek, won a best book award from the Public Librarian Association, and his book, Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart: Stories and Reflections for Life’s Journeys received a 2017 the prestigious ANNE IAZARD AWARD from the Westchester County, NY Library Foundation, also a Storytelling World award.
May has shared his work throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling Association ORACLE Circle of Excellence award (Hall Of Fame).
“You could call Jim May a modern-day Homer if the Greek had told stories about farm life.” – The Chicago Sun-Times