Founded in 2009 by Jim Benson, WordXWord is a week-long spoken word/poetry festival held each August in the Upstreet Cultural District of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The festival creates a transient community of visiting, nationally recognized spoken word artists; local poets; and enthusiastic audiences in celebration of diversity and the creative use of language.
Festival activities take place in a variety of borrowed spaces in partnership with business owners and key cultural partners. Events include Poetry and Story Slams featuring local performers; Young+Brave, an evening showcasing the work of local teens; and feature events with nationally recognized performance poets.
The common element to all performance events is the focus on work from a personal perspective, specifically intended for oral, live presentation. WordXWord is a lively week at times humorous, at others serious, always honest, thought provoking, engaging and entertaining.
Pre and post season events include: “preliminary” qualifying events for spots in the Poetry and Story Slam finals that take place during the August festival; visiting artist residencies to work with teens in classroom or workshop settings; teen spoken word events; performances by visiting spoken word artists; and the 30/30 poetry challenge, an online program with participants from around the world.
All WXW programs are free and open to all. WordXWord Festival, Inc is a 501(C)(3). list
WordXWord uses spoken word, poetry and storytelling in shared space and time to celebrate diversity and creativity, empower the individual, foster understanding and empathy, and make real human connections.
All WXW programs are free and open to all. WordXWord Festival, Inc is a 501(C)(3).
WordXWord Festival, Inc, c/o Adelson & Company PC, 100 North Street, Pittsfield, MA, 01201
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