Join Gay City Health Project for the return of Word Play on Saturday, May 4. Word Play is a one-day spoken word festival including two workshops, a performance, and an artists’ reception. Word Play is a collaborative effort to explore recovery from a queer perspective. From alcoholism, to anorexia, to mental illness, four poets from different recovery backgrounds will take the mic to speak truth about bottoming out, getting back up and moving on.
The day will begin with workshops led by featured artists, who will share their expertise and encourage participants to explore their own recovery experiences through spoken word. The festival will then culminate in a performance by four local artists, followed by an artists’ reception. Performers for the evening include Cody Pherigo, Fabian Romero, Cecily Schuler, and Cole Arden Peake.
Gay City, Capitol Hill’s queer health and wellness organization, first played host to Word Play in late 2011. Billed as a “fun, free, smart, and sexy sober spoken word event,” Word Play was a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant and diverse arts community sure to please even the most discerning fan of queer spoken word. The evening included performances from such notable queer spoken word artists as Maya Hersh, Jodie Knowles, Jack McCarthy, Okanomode, and Gay City’s own Susan Rees, as well as featuring the incomparable Tara Hardy from Bent.
Word Play continues the tradition of Shifting Words, providing an outlet for queer spoken word artists in recovery to share their experiences with living with addiction. Most attendees were LGBT community members who were in recovery themselves. Response to the event was overwhelmingly positive, and many of the participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to hear stories from others in recovery.
Word Play is sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Schedule of Events:
Written Word Workshop / 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Performance Poetry Workshop / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Show / Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00 p.m.
Artist’s Reception / 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.