Free Upstate Poetry was birthed by a tribe that wanted to support the community and eliminate the monopoly of talent, exclusion of diversity within the poetry community and to provide a space where all participants can feel a level of safety and accountability. The focus of #FUP is to provide a space for artists of all mediums, to come and share no matter what their lifestyle looks like, level of artists' expression, or amount of experience they have
"We are a team of listeners, healers, artists, researchers, teachers, theologians, & creatives who work together to offer encounters that transform our life together across human difference.
Using spoken word poetry, transformative dialogue, workshops, and deep listening as tools, we are working with people, communities, organizations, & institutions to build an equitable world through healing & justice.
Rather than our human differences of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, national identity, and religion act as sources of division, they can be the source of our collective strength.
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