Our children are our best shot at a better world. Poetry is an art that lends each one their own voice even as it disciplines all those present to lend an ear. If children learn at an early age to genuinely hear rather than judge and denigrate each other’s stories, their vantage will deepen and grow. The window onto their world will necessarily include the eyes words and hearts of others than their own. They will learn empathy by practicing it. You can’t deny the existence of someone’s voice you’ve heard, someone’s story you know. Let’s give these students the right tools to build a better world.

Workshop

The daily workshops are conceived as steps on a path toward the cultivation of students writing, editing, memorizing, and performing their own work.  Each lesson will be structured around a thorough breakdown of poetic structure, figurative language, performance technique, and proper vocal projection.

Staff

We have gathered some of the cities brightest poets from all walks of the tradition. They are a multicultural group of artists unified by one craft, a mixture of hip-hop, theater, comedy, creative writing, and even a little gospel.

Students

Students will be introduced to the historical and contemporary evolution of the oral tradition. Each lesson will be structured around a thorough breakdown of poetic structure, figurative language, performance technique, and proper vocal projection.

Partners

We partner with Public and Private schools in the inner-city.  They are Our focus is the 6th through 12th grade.

Generation Verb's Mission

We use poetry and art as windows in which we examine culture and contemporary social issues in order to show our students how to write the world in an effort to right the world.

We create an atmosphere conducive to learning the history and application of the oral tradition, by enabling students to feel comfortable joining the tradition and carrying it with them through life. To complement traditional teaching settings by allow students a space to be free for the sake of growth. To instill confidence, inspire growth, and enforce a safe space for expression of all walks of life. To create a community among students that sponsors self-healing through authentic self-expression, being present, and the exploration of empathy.

WRITE | SPEAK | INSPIRE
2018 OWL

The OWL Award

Winners-St. Joseph's High School

WRITE | SPEAK | INSPIRE

All students are welcome. We do not expect a general interest but rather plan to open up and introduce the different sectors allowing students to understand the many roads that lead to this art form. It is okay if they do not consider themselves a poet, but there is a storyteller in them all.

They all participate in the oral tradition somehow. Some of them may lead prayer at church, some may have journals or a book of rhymes, even the class clown is a story teller. It is about polishing the sector of storytelling that already lives in them.