Joan 'Lyric' Leslie

Joan 'Lyric' Leslie


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  • Two time Queen of the South
  • Runner up for Button Poetry Video Contest
  • #5 ranked poet in the Southeast at Southern Fried Festival

Joan ‘Lyric’ Leslie is an author, a slam poet, a back-to-back Queen of the South Poetry Slam Champion and story-teller whose work journeys through self-discovery and self-love while incorporating a fair share of humor and wit. She uses poetry to call a spade a spade and to challenge systemic injustice. Her book ‘My Blackness Rhymes with Joy’ highlights experiences with love, healing, justice and the reclamation of black joy through it all.

Conversations with the Past
This workshop will challenge attendees to write about how their pasts have shaped their current realities. They will tap into their most descriptive memories to write a poem/short story in which something or someone from both their past and present, have a chance to occupy the same space. This workshop will 50% interactive lecture and 50% writing and sharing work.

Over the Top
The focus of this workshop is to encourage attendees to tell their stories in the most imaginative of ways. Incorporating hyperbolic language into poetry can allow writers to share their truth with words and phrases they do not normally rely on to tell their stories. After a text analysis of three or four short poems with examples, attendees will begin the process of writing their own “Over the Top” poems. This workshop will be 75% interactive lecture and 25% open forum to share work.