Extra Credit Event

February 19th, 2015

I attended the video lecture with slam poet Ken Arkind. We had talked about him in my Honors class, so going into it I knew a little bit about him. He is from Denver and has based many poems on his hometown. He grew up with a rough childhood and was able to escape it through poetry. He is super passionate about everything that he writes and you can tell by the way he delivers each line with emphasis and excitement.  A lot of his poems tend to be humorous as well.

During the video chat with him, he talked about how he teaches at different schools and colleges in the Denver area. He has ties to HBO TV shows and many slam poet organizations. He has performed in 49 states and 7 countries.

He talked about how when a class of his first starts off, they don’t write they just talk amongst themselves so everyone can feel comfortable around each other. He also went on to explain that one of the first writing assignments is to not use slang; literally explain the real meaning of every word so someone from a different country can understand it. When we read Pride and Prejudice it is in a different language than we are accustomed to, so we need to break it down to understand what the words or slang means. It goes to show how everyone can enjoy literature.

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