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Verbal Blend



Syracuse University's premier spoken-word program Verbal Blend is designed to enhance students' confidence in writing and performing original poems. The program is comprised of a seven-week writer's workshop series, performances, and peer reviews. Participants have showcased their work at public venues such as themed open mic nights; Light Work's 2009 night artist reading and reception with Admas Habteslasie; Spoken Word Poetry Institute; From the Page, to the Stage; a day workshop with poet Quraysh Ali Lansana; Syracuse University's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration; TAKE THE MIC POETRY SLAMS; Ayo Technology Skype Open Mic; Unplugged Poets Series; Poetry for the People Scholar Series; and special readings with author Tracy Sugarman, Willie Perdomo, Tara Betts, Lemon Anderson, Shihan Van Clief, Beau Sia, Joshua Bennett, Toni Blackman, Kelly Tsai, and legendary poet Nikki Giovanni.  Check out our Verbal Blend YouTube channel.



Application and Contact Us

The deadline to apply is September 13, 2019. Please Click on this link to apply. Contact Cedric T. Bolton,, if you have any questions. 

Take the Mic Poetry Slam

Verbal Blend, a spoken-word poetry program within the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will host its annual Take the Mic Poetry Slam be held Spring, 2019.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Students interested in participating should email Cedric Bolton. Students from SU, ESF, Le Moyne College, and Onondaga Community College are invited to participate in the slam.

More information will come soon.



Spoken Word Poetry Institute

Verbal Blend, a premier spoken-word poetry program coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, will host its fifth annual Spoken Word Poetry Institute in partnership with the Parent and Family Services on Friday, October 26 through Saturday, October 27.

The events on October 26 include a panel discussion/ reading, themed “Voicing the Revolution” along with Syracuse University alumni poets Christiona Hawkins ‘13, Aaron Hudson ’11, Michelle Tarshus ’13, G‘16, Ousman Diallo ’12, G’14, Flose Boursiquot ‘14, and Morgan Striggles ’12. The panel starts at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the Schine Student Center, Underground. During the Institute, poets Jackie Warren-Moore, Omanii Abdullah, and Georgia Popoff to receive the Poetic Icon Award. The award recognizes a poet or poets who has been a trailblazer with their approach to spoken word poetry and has made a significant global contribution to poetry through their body of published poems, books, interviews, lectures, performances, articles and writer’s workshops in universities and communities. Tickets for the Spoken Word Poetry Institute are free, but required. Students, faculty, and staff tickets are available at the Schine Student Center Box Office now. Tickets for the general public are available beginning October 12, also at the Schine Student Center Box Office