The Corpus Collective inaugurates slam poetry at Georgetown

the corpus collectivePassion, artistry, and entertainment are what the members of The Corpus Collective promise to bring the night of their event, “The Inaugural,” a showcase of performance poetry. Founded in 2011, The Corpus Collective is a group of writers and poets on campus who banded together to create Georgetown’s first spoken word and slam poetry group.

After competing in Saxa Slam her freshman year, co- founder Ijeoma Egekeze (COL ’13) conceived the idea of The Corpus Collective. Many members of The Corpus Collective have performed individually at numerous events on campus, including not only the Saxa Slam, but also the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ World AIDS Day event and the Center for Social Justice’s Education Week Slam. “The Inaugural”, their debut showcase, is the first performance on campus where these artists are recognized as a group.

Co-founder Nehemiah Markos (COL ’14) describes The Corpus Collective as “a community of artists”, because it allows for writers and poets to work together, grow, and still have a competitive edge.

Egekeze is excited for “The Inaugural” because the event will introduce performance poetry to Georgetown University in a way that has never been done before. “Compelling and interactive,” is how Egekeze describes her craft. “It is an interesting combination of both theater and poetry.”

Not many people, unless forced to for a class will sit down and read poetry, Egekeze admits, but “because performance poetry is interactive, it will draw in the crowd.” One of the goals of the showcase is to entice more people to read, write and enjoy poetry.

This April, the group’s coach, G Yamazawa, prepared the members of The Corpus Collective to represent Georgetown University for the first time ever at the College Union’s Poetry Slam Invitational in New York. They unfortunately did not advance to the semi- finals, but competing was a huge step both for the group and for performing arts at Georgetown.

Next year, The Corpus Collective is hoping to be more active on campus by hosting regular writing sessions and workshops, hosting poetry slams, and taking trips to slams in the city. The showcase is also not meant only to introduce the group and entertain, but invite anyone who is interested in writing, spoken word, or poetry to become part of the group.

“The Inaugural” opens this Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at Lohrfink Auditorium. Tickets are free, but to help support the group, tickets should be reserved in advance here.

Photo from TOM81115 via Flickr. 

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