High Wattage: Elements of the Slam Poem

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High Wattage: Elements of the Slam Poem

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In these spoken word performance workshops, participants will use “imagery” to create poems that incorporate pop culture and autobiography to celebrate “who we are” by exploring our dreams and our most fanciful urges. We will combine outrageous lies into hyperbole and use sense memory and experimental word play to invigorate our language. We will look at the poem as one explosive haiku and use the things that “drive us crazy” to propel us into performance. We will unlock the basic elements of poetry slam performance: vocal, physical gesture & eye contact—demystifying the page from the stage. This workshop is for elementary, middle, and high school students and adapted for each group’s special needs. Each session will include a 5-7 minute performance from the poet, two writing exercises, and several students coached on performance technique. It is recommended that the workshop take two sessions. One for writing and the other for the poetry slam. The artist will speak with the teacher prior to the session in order to make the best use of the time.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backward’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • Kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.

"Cabico’s work holds the same kind force and power that Lady Gaga projects! Thrilling! If you have a chance to see him perform, don’t miss it!" —Kenyon Review

"The Fairy Godmother of Spoken Word Poetry!" —Washington Post

"Cabico's eloquence as a poet is extraordinary!" —Broadway World