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Tuesday, April 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Boris "Bluz" Rogers, Poetry Perfomance and Craft Talk


Slam On!  Useful Performance Poetry Techniques

April is National Poetry Month and we’re celebrating with Award-winning poet and performer Boris “Bluz” Rogers. His craft talk Slam On! Useful Performance Poetry Techniques will help writers improve their poetry for the stage and the page. As a bonus, Bluz will engage us with sample slams.


When Boris “Bluz” Rogers sits down to write, he sets out “to take words, shape them, and put them in places where they don’t necessarily belong” in order to create visuals that will allow his audience to see the world in new ways. The long list of awards and recognitions he has garnered provides ample evidence of how thoroughly he has succeeded: four Emmys, six Poetry in Motion Awards, three times National Poetry Slam Champion as well as Southern Slam Grand Champion.

“People sometimes forget,” Bluz contends, “that Charlotte is a really cool town.” A community builder, a community booster, Bluz sees his voice as a progressive tool to foster transformation; he strives to create “work that uplifts people when they hear it, encourages them to take pride in where they live and who they are.”In Charlotte, he has done just that. Bluz has worked with Blumenthal Performing Arts to host the Slam Charlotte and Breakin’ Convention, led and facilitated workshops as part of ASC’s Connect with Culture Days, represented Charlotte as Poet Delegate at the All-America City Awards, and written poetry for Opera Carolina’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. He has hosted the CIAA Fan Fest, done voice-overs for the Carolina Panthers and Raycom Sports, performed at the Foundation for the Carolinas Anniversary Luncheon and the Jazzy Holiday Gala at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture at the Levine Center for the Arts.


CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time is Back by Popular Demand!

On Monday, April 12th at 7 pm come write with Tiffany Grantham for 75-minutes or so. We'll have a little face time, a little catch up time before she spins instrumental music for your mind to riff on. Following each prompt, there will be time for volunteers to read aloud. 

Please join us, there is no pressure, no angst, just you and your writing instrument and your untamed creativity.  Bring your own characters, write with your own story in mind or let your thoughts dance across the page. Shake off the dust of the day and perhaps when we’re done, those tunes will have you humming something brand new, a song that really jazzes you. Writers of all genres, all stages of the craft are welcome. CWC members will receive an invitation with the Zoom link. If you want to be our guest contact us here and we’ll send you the link.

Tiffany is a Children’s Service Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, short story-fiction writer and secretary for CWC’s executive board. Learn more about Tiffany by clicking the link in her name. Check out her website and blog at Creatiffwritng.


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2020-2021 CWC Upcoming Club Meetings

September 15, 2020 - Phillip Lewis - Adding Meaning and Depth to a Story or Novel
October 20, 2020 - Critique Group Information Session
November 17, 2020 - Panel - Author Publicity and Marketing

December 15, 2020 Diana Pinckney - Poet

January 19, 2021- Kevin Winchester - Developing Realistic Main Characters

February 16, 2021 - Kimmery Martin No Matter the Genre, Suspense is the Key to a Successful Novel

March 16, 2021 - Daren Dean - Writing from the Unconscious

April 20, 2021 - Boris “Bluz” Rogers, Poetry Performance and Craft Talk

May 18, 2021 - Panel - Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators 


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 6:30 p.m. 
Panel - Childrens' Writers and Book Illustrators
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a successful children’s book writer or illustrator? In this enlightening panel we will speak with three talented artists, each with their own perspective, on how to get started and what’s needed for children’s book writing success. These three panelists also have the distinction of having worked together on various projects at some point in in their careers. 

Derek Barnes

Derrick Barnes, Writer

Barnes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten, as well as the critically acclaimed multi-award-winning picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. In 2020, he became the only author in the history of the award to have won the Kirkus Prize twice for his twelfth release, the New York Times bestseller, I Am Every Good Thing.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Artist, Illustrator, Writer

Born during the Civil Rights movement, Brantley-Newton attended school in Newark, NJ. Being part of a diverse, tight-knit community during such turbulent times, Vanessa learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. When she read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, it was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book. It became a defining moment in her life, making her into the artist she is today. Her illustrations, stories and artwork include children of all ethnic backgrounds. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read, so they can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.

Gordon C. James

Gordon C. James, Fine Artist and Illustrator

Gordon C. James’ chosen artistic genre has its roots in Impressionism. The art of John Singer Sargent, Nicholai Fechin, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and many others inspired James to pursue a style that is both academic and expressive. As a result, his work contains a lyricism not often found in contemporary art. Be it through the sensitivity found in his romantic pieces, or commitment to excellence in his commercial work, James always connects with his viewer. He says of his work, “When people see my art I want them to say, I know that person, I know that feeling.” James currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Ingrid, their children Astrid and Gabriel, and their dog Rascal.



AT A GLANCE - The Entire 2020-2021 CWC Year's Main Activities by Month

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