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.
Celestial Poet has been an active Facilitator and Connection Coach with Writer's Well Youth Fellowship (WWYF) for three years. Writers Well Youth Fellowship is a year-long fellowship for black girl/femmes/non-binary/gender-expansive persons ages 14-19 that teaches and affirms the power of their voices, pen, art, and individuality through interactive retreats, writing, and performance classes.
Spark and Echo is a platform that allows creatives to artistically express their interpretation of a Bible verse(s). The artist can use any medium of expression: music, poetry, paint, dance, etc. CP partnered with them to provide her interpretation of John 15:20. Click on the picture to experience Spark and Echo.
CP was previously a part of the Artist Collective of Spartanburg. which provides collective space of artists of every medium to create, display and sell art. It gives the community and artists the opportunity to network and appreciate the reciprocating relationship between creative and consumer.
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