Writers' Block Week 2: Poetry


Join The Writers Place for our two-week camp especially for young writers, ages 12 to 18 years old. Writers’ Blocks will be held July 11-15 and 18-22, 9am to 12pm, at 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111. Each week campers will focus on a different genre of creative writing, and at the end of camp we’ll celebrate with a reading for family and friends.

For the second week of the camp, we will turn our focus to poetry with Natasha Ria El-Scari. Natasha has cemented her place in both Kansas City and regional poetry community, as well as honed her skills as an educator over the past ten years.



Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, Cave Canem fellow, 2016 Ragdale Residency recipient and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary and online journals. She has opened for and introduced many great writers, singers and activists, and has been featured at a host of universities and venues nationwide. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Natasha has a BA from Jackson State University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Natasha’s Black Feminist approach is reflected in her writing, poetry and performance pieces. Once asked in an interview what makes her unique she replied, “…most people lie to themselves, but I like to reveal myself.” In 2015 Natasha released her first book, Screaming Times (Spartan Press, 2015). Of her work, critic and poet Denise Low writes, “Poems lift off the page, almost reading themselves. Unlike some performance poetry, her words translate well to the printed page.” Her CDs, DragonButterFirefly (2006), This is Love… (2010) and DVD Live at the Blue Room (2015) display how Natasha connects with any crowd with maternal warmth and unrelenting honesty. Her second book, The Only Other (Main Street Rag) will be released in June 2016. For details and booking:www.natasharia.com

Register for one week of camp, or sign up for both weeks and get a great discount!

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