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    Real Life Poets

    445 18th ave nw
    Biringham , al 35215
    205 585-8271

    Website: http://reallifepoets.org


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    We are a 501 c3 non-profit community service and mentoring organization focusing on mentoring young adults, encouraging good communication, and oratorical skills using spoken word poetry and the arts. We organize community programs, such as Operation Mustard Seed (OMS) Coats for the Cold, and OMS Annual Community Health Fair, and various workshops in order to fulfill our mission. We have facilitated workshops for The Birmingham C.A.N....

    We are a 501 c3 non-profit community service and mentoring organization focusing on mentoring young adults, encouraging good communication, and oratorical skills using spoken word poetry and the arts. We organize community programs, such as Operation Mustard Seed (OMS) Coats for the Cold, and OMS Annual Community Health Fair, and various workshops in order to fulfill our mission. We have facilitated workshops for The Birmingham C.A.N. Summer program, several within the Better Basics Enrichment Program, including workshops within their four HOPE centers, Jefferson County Library Cooperative’s Word Up student poetry slam workshops, and The Birmingham Mayors office and Division of Youth Services Kiddie Club. Because of the students interest and desire to continue writing and performing outside of the workshops we created a teen open Mic, Flow Tactics, hosted by teen artist the 3rd Saturday of every month. Real Life Poets Inc. and its members have formed several noteworthy alliances and partnerships. The organization is a member of the Central Alabama Mentors Coalition (CAMC), and a vendor for Jefferson County Department of Human Resources’ Independent Living Program. Several members are adult literacy tutors for Pro-Literacy America, mentors for Birmingham Department of Human Resources, and are also on the Boards of Dessert Island Supply Company (DISCO); Hip-Hop is Music Foundation (HHIM), and the Museum of Urban Arts (MUA). We have also partnered with UAB’s Anthro-Teach environmental non- profit organization (teen poetry slam), and Family Impact Counseling Center (specializing in mentoring the kids of incarcerated parents). Individual members have a wide variety of skills and professions which enhance the organizations flexibility and impact. We are comprised of Emmy nominated poets, visual artists, musicians, singers, media specialists, culinary artists, social workers, elementary and college level educators. To date we, Real Life Poets Inc., have used words and the arts to fulfill our mission of inspiration by changing minds one rhyme at a time.


     

     

    Upcoming Events

    Gifts of a Wordsmith Workshop

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and at Homewood Public Library

    December 3, 2013 - December 2, 2014

    Flow Tactics Teen Poetry Workshop

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and Real Life Poets at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    May 3 - December 6, 2014

    Monday's Eve Discussion in Real Life

    Presented by Real Life Poets at Trim Tab Brewing Co.

    October 26, 2014

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    • Article: NOT JUST FINGER SNAPS AND HAND CLAPS HOW THE REAL LIFE POETS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY
      The Birmingham Weekly - Oct 10, 2011
      By Lori Hamilton

      Not Just Finger Snaps and Hand Claps: How the Real Life Poets Are Making a Difference in Our Community
      As a slam poet and spoken word artist in Birmingham for the past twenty years, I’ve been taking every opportunity I could to make sure my voi… Expand

      Not Just Finger Snaps and Hand Claps: How the Real Life Poets Are Making a Difference in Our Community
      As a slam poet and spoken word artist in Birmingham for the past twenty years, I’ve been taking every opportunity I could to make sure my voice has been heard on open mics around town off and on since 1992. I’ve been guilty of writing political poems about social issues that disturb me but never doing anything about them. But there’s a group of poets in Birmingham who are not self-serving like I am. They’re called the Real Life Poets, and they offer activities geared toward helping the community, like conducting a poetry workshop for teens the first Saturday of the month at the Birmingham Public Library, conducting culinary arts workshops, holding community health fairs, and participating in after school programming such as the Better Basics enrichment program. And now they’re offering writing workshops for Birmingham residents who were affected by the tornadoes that hit in April. Collapse

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