Angelica Maria & Melania Luisa Marte – Spoken Word & Poetry // Self Care Open Mic – Poetry as Therapy


“I just wanted to let you know that Adios America was a wonderful program.  Despite the inevitable challenges of facilitating a presentation via Zoom, Angelica and Melania “filled the room” with their expertise, talent, and energy.  The students, faculty, and administrators were engaged and several of us did not want the program to end.  Via the poetry performance and interactive workshop, Melania and Angelica managed to break down some complex realities related to microaggression, racialization, privilege, etc. to help us understand the importance of fostering an inclusive environment and advocating for those who are marginalized.  The presentation was energizing and well-received.Br. George Camacho, O.F.M. Director – Damietta Cross-Cultural Center | Siena College

I thought it went incredibly well. Melania and Angelica were very engaging and helped pull the participants into the workshop in impactful ways. Most if not all participants wrote a poem, and most even shared their poems thanks to Melania and Angelica’s coaching. It was a great performance and workshop that I believe went above and beyond our expectations. Thank you!” Tyler Adkins Coordinator – Student Programming & Activities (SPARE) Middle Tennessee State University

Self Care Open Mic – Poetry as Therapy

How Can Writing Be a Form of Therapy & Self Care?

Many psychologists around the world believe writing has always had the power to transform & shift our lives. Joshua Smyth, a psychologist at Syracuse University also believes this is true, and further insists “to tap writing’s healing power, people must use it to better understand and learn from their emotions.” When we share our experiences out loud, we can better learn how to derive meaning from anything life throws our way. Giving more attention to our mental state, and overall state of being. To incorporate writing into our everyday lives could be to begin a lifelong relationship with self care.

Kick-Off: National Poetry Slam finalists Angelica Maria & Melania Luisa kick off the night by sharing a 20 minute reading of inspiring pieces that have helped them heal in their own journey as writers. At the same time, the open mic list is passed around for writers to sign up & share their work.

Open Mic: Prior to the event, students are prompted to think & write on the following questions:

-What have you survived in the last month? -What are three things you are proud of? -Write a love letter to yourself or to something that gets you through the worst of days -What fills your cup more than anything else?

One by one students are selected to share a piece on their journey of healing, whatever that may look like. By opening space for students to share their own experience, we are able to use writing as a tool to express & uplift during the toughest of times.

All of language is spoken on the out breath All of life begins on the in All of death is spoken on the out breath. All of life begins on the in.

 Li Young Lee

Mindful Poetry – Creating in Times of Uncertainty

Workshop 45 mins – 1.5 hrs (depending on class size)


Mindfulness is the simple and powerful practice of training our attention. It’s simple in that it’s really about paying attention to what’s happening here and now (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a nonjudgmental way. It’s powerful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.


Students will review work from three different authors of color that have used writing as a tool to combat uncertainty. They will exercise writing as an outlet to validate their experience & heal through difficult times. Students will leave the workshop with a new knowledge of poetry & a new form of therapy. Above all we will move through the ways poetry can be used to release, reveal, and inspire.

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Slam Poetry as an Introduction to Creative Writing & Classical Poetry

Workshop begins by watching poetry performances by Melania Luisa & Angelica Maria at the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam, who finished as finalists at both national competitions.

In this introductory workshop students analyze how form is used in both traditional poetry and modern day performance poetry. By breaking down the techniques used by classic authors in English literature and current day artists, Melania & Angelica paint an exciting entryway into a world of art (poetry) that is often underwhelming to young minds. From here, students can begin to try their own hand at this art, using their unique experience and identity to amplify their own voice.

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