The Center for Women and Gender Studies for Social Justice will host its first-ever poetry slam on November 11 at the Second Wind Coffeehouse.
The subjects of the plays should focus on social justice issues such as race, gender, sexuality, mental health, environmental change and capitalism, according to the Google Form used for inscriptions.
Maria DeCosta, program coordinator for the Center for Social Justice, said the idea is to combine important topics such as social justice issues with something modern at an informal event.
“We just wanted an opportunity to build a community in a way that looks fun,” DeCosta said.
To register to play, a Google Form is available. Performances should not exceed three minutes. The Center for Social Justice encourages participants to talk about their personal experiences if they are comfortable doing so.
“When we express our experiences through art, it gives us the opportunity to express them in ways that (other methods) cannot,” said DeCosta. “It gives people the ability to deduce what they want from art. Whatever they resonate with, they can take with them.
The first poetry slam will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 at the Second Wind Coffeehouse, 564 Buchanan Ave.