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Imani Sims Is Rain City’s Cornish College Teaching Fellow

The Rain City Poetry Slam community is beyond pleased to announce the next in our growing series of Rain City Teaching Fellows, who will lead the Slam and Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for the students of the Cornish College of the Arts.   Working in direct collaboration with Cornish’s Writing Center and its Inclusivity & Diversity Committee, Rain City’s Teaching Fellow Imani Sims will work with Cornish students on their own performance poems, starting with finding inspiration in their own lives and vulnerable moments, moving through the editing and improvement phase, and on into memorization and performance.  The workshop will be open to all Cornish students and staff, but preference will be given to Cornish students of color in the case of oversubscription.  All workshop participants will be reserved a spot in an upcoming Rain City Poetry Slam open mic as well.

Imani Sims is a bourbon loving, stiletto wearing poet, performer, and impressario in Seattle.  Imani’s goal as a teaching poet is to utilize performance poetry in a way that empowers the individual stories of marginalized folks in order to shift their social narrative. Her book Twisted Oak is available on Requiem Press and her second collection Beloved:Collision is available via Amazon. Her third book (A)live Heart is available on Sibling Rivalry Press.

This is the second round of the Rain City Teaching Fellows program, following on the heels of our Renton Academy partnership.  Rain City in currently in conversation to work with both Seattle University and Seattle Central to launch programs there as well.  While we will formally announce these fellowships as they become available, please contact us at raincityslam@gmail.com with any questions about the program.