Space, Lines, and Mattering: the Journey of Discovery Through Spoken Word

Room 2207, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


As the intersection of literary form and performance art, spoken word engages underserved and marginalized communities through accessible language and culturally relevant subject matter. It is this accessibility that is affirming to both poets and audiences. Our discussion will explore the possibilities in coordinating and developing programs while considering effective collaborations and best practices and dream of what more we can accomplish in our communities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_2024.pdf



Eddie Vega is a poet, spoken word artist, and career educator. He writes about food, Tejano culture, social justice, and the intersections thereof. He is the author of a full-length book of poetry, Chicharra Chorus. He can be found on social media—@eltacolico (Twitter and Instagram).

Adam Henze is a poet and educator living in Indianapolis. He earned a PhD in literacy, culture, and language education and a Master of Arts in teaching. Adam is the director of literacy programming at Flanner House and runs a prison literacy program. He was the Official Poet of the Indianapolis 500.

Dasan is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer. He has performed across the country, hosted or coordinated many cultural arts events, and has helped to establish and grow cultural and performing arts organizations. He is a scholar committed to examining Black popular culture and creativity.

Boris "Bluz" Rogers: Emmy Award-winning poet, Slam Master/Coach of the three-time National Poetry slam Champs, Slam Charlotte. Bluz is also the 2023 Southern Fried Poetry Festival Haiku Champ and has written award-winning poetry for the Carolina Panthers, NBA, NASCAR, NAACP, AMAZON, CBS, and more.

Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson has been a poet, rapper, and singer for over twenty years. Andrea serves as a writer in community for Gemini Ink. Her book entitled She Lives In Music, was published on Valentine's Day 2020 by Flower Song Press. She is the first black Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Texas, 2020–23.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center