Spoken Word, Poetry, and Language as Theatre

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Although some poetry may be written for the page to be consumed privately, poetry as an art form is steeped in the history of oral storytelling. Spoken word, slam poetry, and poetry alike can serve as intimate and passionate dialogues between the writer and the audience. Join us for a conversation with playwrights who have translated their passion for these art forms into their works for the stage in powerful, new ways.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Spoken_Word_Poetry_and_Language_as_Theatre_-_AWP_Session_Outline_Revised.pdf


ayla xuân chi sullivan (they/them) is your neighborhood Black, Vietnamese, Queer, and Trans performance artist out here tryna make a world without cages by any means necessary. They have two degrees, one mutual aid cooperative (Shift 23 Media), and projects spanning across film, television, and theater.

Elaine Romero is an award-winning US playwright. Her plays have been presented across the US and abroad. TITLE IX appeared in the 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television.


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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center