Regina Word Up is a spoken word series and community based out of Regina, SK. Since early 2012, we have presented regular Regina Word Up events, including poetry slams, community stages (open mics), youth nights and an incredible range of creative writing and performance workshops presented by many of our featured performers in our space.
Regina Word Up is a SpeakNorth (formerly Spoken Word Canada) member series. We’ve supported spoken word teams to attend both the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (adult) and Voices of Today (youth) festivals and solo artists to compete nationally at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.
Our Regina Word Up Volunteer Collective provides insight and direction for our series keeping what we do community focused.
To be a feature performer or a workshop facilitator, send us an email with your bio, photo, an explanation of the work to be performed and/or the description of your proposed workshop. We will consider all applications and move forward with those most suitable for our community.
For all other inquiries, including performing at events, community partnerships, and volunteering, please email (preference) or connect with us via social media @reginawordup.
May 11, 2021: Poetic Forms - A Poetry Workshop with Juliette Blake Jacob
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
In this workshop, learn about focused and creative ways to arrange and shape your poetry, with a special focus on experimenting with centos, list poems, pantoums, and epigrams. Learn how these poetic forms can help you generate new ideas and tell your story with more power on the page and on the stage. Please bring something to write with and have a few poetry books handy or open some tabs with poems you like: we will use them in an activity. This is a consent-based workshop, meaning that you can engage on whatever level is best for you: there is no sharing or speaking requirement.
Juliette Blake Jacob (she/her) is an invisibly-disabled, queer femme, multi-award-winning spoken-word poet and creative writing educator living on the West Coast as a white settler on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen land.
Juliette has appeared in almost 100 national and international performances, been welcomed as an artist-in-residence and ensemble member of many beautiful collectives, and mentors writing and performance students across the country. She is the Director and lead instructor of the Fireworks Mentorship Program for spoken-word artists, which entered its inaugural season in September 2020.
Juliette’s first poetry collection, Unreservedly Beloved, was published in spring 2020, and she is currently working on a memoir about queer identity through the lens of the culinary arts and a YA novel. Juliette’s poetry focuses on science, community, and transformation, and her aspiration is to make audiences feel existentially comfortable and find their way home.