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Parallel Bars

Are you a poet/rapper/songwriter who loves the sound of rhyme and the feeling of reciting lyrical flow? Me too! Come learn how to further exercise the music of language and build on the foundation of your rhyme skills. From subtle cacophonies across the line, to the hard internal and end-rhyme bar structures found in lyrical hip hop, students in this workshop will learn techniques for utilizing sound in a variety of writing styles. We will focus also on techniques to expand the conscious and unconscious use of sound and rhythm and enhance “flow.” PARALLEL BARS is intended for all skill levels and poetic styles.

Instructor: Matt Gano

Grade: 9-12

Location: Online

Duration: 2 sessions

Start Date: 11/10/2020

End Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm PST

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Matt Gano

Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing
as, “ENTENDRES.” He is author of “Suits for the Swarm,” a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program - a career training program
for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.

Gano made waves nationally as a spoken
word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing
and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.

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